God Save the Queen!
As all of Great Britain gears up for the Royal Push, replete with lots of souvenirs–because what would be the birth of another Royal (can we call it a “crowning”?) without some tea towels and china to mark the blessed occasion–England and Wales have passed another milestone: Marriage equality.
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were then approved by Members of Parliament and peers earlier this week, before receiving Royal Assent–the formal approval of the sovereign required for all legislation.
The BBC reports that weddings should begin next summer.
Under the terms of the the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, religious organisations will have to “opt in” to offering weddings, with the Church of England and Church in Wales being banned in law from doing so.