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Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage

Britain legalizes gay marriage as Queen Elizabeth II gives royal approval

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July 17, 2013

Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth gave her royal stamp of approval.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday — the day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

The bill enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales. It also will allow couples who had previously entered into a civil partnership to convert their relationship to a marriage.

The queen's approval was a formality. It clears the way for the first gay marriages next summer.


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