by Will Kohler
Earlier this week the equal marriage bill for England and Wales once again been passed in the House of Commons. all amendments added in the House of Lords were accepted, it will not be required to go back to the Lords.
Queen Elizabeth II wasting no time gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.
The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, provided that the religious institution consents. The Church of England, the country’s official faith, is barred from performing such ceremonies.
It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships — which were introduced in 2005 and carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage — to convert their relationships to marriage.
The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.
Congratulations to the LGBT Community of Great Britain and Wales!
This, now more than ever reinforces my belief that we would have been better off losing the Revolutionary War.