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Same Sex Marriage Is Now Legal In England & Wales – Gay Couples & Right Activists Dance For Joy

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July 17, 2013 – Same Sex Marriage Is Now Legal In England & Wales – Gay Couples & Right Activists Dance For Joy

On Tuesday July 16th, 2013 Same-sex marriage was officially legalized in England and Wales.

British lawmakers have passed a bill legalizing same sex marriages in the United Kingdom. This will pave the way for the first gay weddings in 2014.

According to AFP, MPs decided not to oppose a number of minor amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill proposed by the upper House of Lords.

The legislation is now expected to receive official assent from head of state Queen Elizabeth II later this week after MPs agreed to changes such as ensuring protections for transgender couples.

Jubilant gay rights activists had danced outside parliament on Monday night as the government-backed bill passed unopposed through the upper House of Lords, where some members wore pink carnations.

A spokesman for the culture ministry, which is overseeing the new law, said the bill would probably receive royal assent on Wednesday or Thursday.

“But we are looking at seeing the first gay weddings in the middle of 2014 because there are various issues to sort out, such as its impact on pensions,” the spokesman told AFP.

Government computer systems also need to be updated to allow same-sex marriages to be registered, at an estimated cost of £2 million ($3 million, 2.3 million euros).

But the government hopes legalising gay marriage will bring an overall boost to the economy, estimating that the change could bring in up to £14.4 million a year for caterers, hotels and the rest of the wedding industry.

The bill survived a stormy passage through parliament, with dozens of members of Prime Minister David Cameron’s own Conservative party voting against it.

An attempt in the Lords last month to kill off the legislation with a “wrecking amendment” failed.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who leads Cameron’s junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, said the new law would ensure that gay couples felt “recognised and valued, not excluded”.

Gay rights activists have vowed to press on for equal marriage in the United Kingdom’s other two nations, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

But opponents of gay marriage have warned that the legislation will “come back to bite” Cameron.

The Coalition for Marriage campaign group said it would mobilise a 700,000-strong support base ahead of next year’s European elections and the general election in 2015.

“They are passionate, motivated and determined to fight on against a law that renders terms like ‘husband and wife’ meaningless,” said the group’s chairman Colin Hart.

Civil partnerships for gay couples have been legal in Britain since 2005, giving them identical rights and responsibilities to straight couples in a civil marriage.

But campaigners point to differences, such as gay couples’ inability to choose a religious ceremony — and their inability to call their partnership a “marriage”.

The new law will ban the established Churches of England and Wales — which are opposed to gay marriage — from conducting ceremonies.

Other religious institutions will be able to “opt in” if they wish.

Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own laws on the matter.

The Scottish government published its own same-sex marriage bill last month, but Northern Ireland’s assembly voted to block a similar measure.

France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage in May, joining The Netherlands, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Uruguay, Belgium, and New Zealand.

Gay couples can marry in 13 US states, as well as in the capital Washington DC, while parts of Mexico also allow same-sex marriage.

[Culled from TheNews]



  1. princetom

    July 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    this world is coming to an end, if God did not come in time with d next few years people will be married to Dogs and cat which they love most, sodom and gomora deserve sorry from God. may God have mercy on dis people dat does not no what they are doing.

    • susan

      July 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      truely the world is really coming to an end, God please help us if nt hell realy awaits us

  2. Sandra lawson

    July 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    May God 4give them 4 thu dn’t no wot they are doing. Cus is madness & end time.

  3. micze

    July 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    of d truth, d world z comin 2 end, y shud +ve b attractin 2 +ve, wen it shud b repeling? 4 God’s sake, e created evrytin male n female n said “Go And Multiply” or r u going 2 multiply wen u marry a peson of same sex? GOD help ma country n d world at large

  4. Prosper korankey

    July 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Oh my god forgive them, they don’t know what they doing

  5. Amen

    July 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    All those involved are base fellows, moral people should join hand to fight against them

  6. marvin kabubi

    July 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    the return of Sodom practices for the destruction of mankind

  7. Abel

    July 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Remember lot’s wife. Sodom & Gomorha came to an end because of this sin as God destroyed it & now this world is embrasing it. Surely, rapture, the reign of anti-christ & great tribulation is nearer than people think.

  8. rhoda ugwu

    July 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    father help us

  9. Deborah

    July 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    What Ronsence,Oh God hv mercy,is so bad dat dis is happening, when God created Adam,He looked at Adam nd said he needed a helper,God would have made a fellow man as same kind wth Adam bt He maketh a woman.Nd whether Americans like it or nt d standards of God must stand,cos He is Yea and Amen,The Unchangeable.They should repent b4 d anger of d Lord descend on them,remember what happened in d land of EGYPT.

  10. samayo

    July 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    D end is already at hands, belivers let us set our house in oda cos dis world is tendin 2 doom

  11. Chinny

    July 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    God would apologise to Sodom and Gomorah if He didnt punish this generation for INSULTING Him, The Most High. Thus says the Lord. And for Christians, this is a sign that we shd buckle up our shoes for Christ is coming sooner than later. Non Christians, embrace Christ and be saved. God bless us all. Amen.

  12. Saint

    July 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Shebii na this same whitemen brought christaininty to us and we swallow it hook line and sinker….now we will have to accept it naa cos they rule the world. Stop being hypocrite all this pple that comment will jump up wen given Uk and Us visa not minding they are the country going against the word of God. Abeg let everybody take care of his heart and stop hidding under religion.Small time they will say u must hav a gay partener to enter Uk and Us and u go see how nigerians will keep quiet.All u need do is seek God urself and be happy than worshiping under one pastor wey they form holy and wey be sey he be Gay himself.

  13. Amen

    July 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    My people perish for lack of knowledge

  14. Akuwax in Barotseland / Zambia

    July 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    stupid idiots

  15. CHISOM

    July 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    same sex marriage is not acceptable by true God which is Jesus Christ, why should some people stupidly await hellfire to swallow them.

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