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Queen Elizabeth II gives royal stamp of approval to same-sex marriage

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

LONDON — Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.

Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said royal assent had been given – one day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

Queen Elizabth II

The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.

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 British government introduced the bill in January.

Prime Minister David Cameron had backed it, but it divided his Conservative Party and touched off strident debates in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Numerous attempts to derail the legislation failed as it wound its way through Parliament, with traditionalists arguing it would undermine the sanctity of marriage.

On Tuesday, Conservative lawmaker Gerald Howarth accused the government of having “bulldozed” the legislation through Parliament, “offending large swatches” of his party.

But in the same debate, shadow women and equalities minister Yvette Cooper said it was the “time to celebrate and not discriminate.”

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  1. it includes transgender too!!! and civil partnership for opposite sex people… and humanist might also be allowed to conduct marriages…

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:27pm
  2. Did anyone really expect a queen to oppose the same-sex marriage bill?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:28pm
  3. Lol Luv it!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:30pm
  4. For once she is ageless.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:30pm
  5. May others of her generation learn from one who serves her people.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:31pm
  6. At least the royals are up with the times, unlike the religious nutters in the church (with the exception of the catholic priests that is!)

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:31pm
  7. Only in civilized countries this is a national issue, not states or provinces issue. If two people are married in State A, their marriage should be legally bound in ALL states of the nation. It´s as simple as that.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:31pm
  8. Congrats Queen Elizabeth!!! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:32pm
  9. Go Your Majesty!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:33pm
  10. Thank you, Your Majesty!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:34pm
  11. good on her

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:34pm
  12. God save the Queen!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:37pm
  13. from one queen to another thank you… love is never a wrong choice :)

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:38pm
  14. Biutiful

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:39pm
  15. SO IF I MARRY HARRY WHAT DO I BECOME?? PRINCE, PRINCESS OR WHAT???

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:40pm
  16. You go Queen Elizabeth!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:40pm
  17. This is historic. Good enough for the Queen of England, but not for the King of New Jersey…………………

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:42pm
  18. Oh my, the Old Girl came through!! Wow! Once again, USA is far behind.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:43pm
  19. About time England yea

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:43pm
  20. Hail to your Majesty

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:44pm
  21. All of my respects to Her Majesty and her family. Only goes to show how far back in the stone age America is !

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:47pm
  22. you moving to the UK Keith?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:48pm
  23. Yipee about time.the queen will be knighted now.lol

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:52pm
  24. well, she is a queen afterall :-)

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:55pm
  25. She is also the head of the Anglican Church which marks a big step forward for Gay Rights in the Christian Church the head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis supports Gay Civil Unions we have come along way in Gay Rights in the Christian church in the past few years.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:56pm
  26. Doubt if I´ll move there. I haven´t learned to say, “Pip, pip, cheerio, yet”. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:56pm
  27. God Save the Queen!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:04pm
  28. America is so stuck inthe “Dark Ages”… :(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:06pm
  29. Who? FTQ!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:09pm
  30. Royal Ascent is just a formality in all Commonwealth Countries. Its no big deal. The Queen signs all Bills passed by the House of Lords. In Canada the Governor General signs Bills passed by the Senate. The Queen signs changes to our Constitution. Americans are always dazzled by the Queen. She did not give her stamp of approval, she just signed the Bill.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:23pm
  31. the US will be the last country that will make a change – so backwards.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:26pm
  32. Not to rain on the parade, but how come the law doesn´t start sooner? Congrats England & Wales!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:50pm
  33. I am so happy about this! To bad America isn´t so American.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:56pm
  34. Pip-pip-cheer-i-o and Long Live The Queen!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:57pm
  35. It´s a sad state of affairs that the UK still has a Queen.

    Although, most other countries aren´t any better. They have elected monarchs, as opposed to unelected ones.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:00pm
  36. Well I always say Pip Pip Cheerio…….oh wait I don´t……..Just like yanks don´t eat burgers and doughnuts everyday…….Oh wait!!! They do!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:15pm
  37. The US would not be last if they did not listen to the Christian Taliban who takes great joy in shoving their version of morality down everyones throat.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:37pm
  38. There´s only one “royal” queen there…but there´s PLENTY of “queens!” LOL! ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:38pm
  39. So…. is Prince Harry available? LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:39pm
  40. well done!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:50pm
  41. Is the Governor of New Jersey the only leader in the world that vetoed a same sex marriage bill

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:01pm
  42. Shes a badass. Love her.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:04pm
  43. Whoop whoop…you rock Queen Elizabeth II!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:06pm
  44. What a wonderful woman…

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:08pm
  45. Yeahhhhhhhhh for the Queen!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:18pm
  46. she´s really great Queen :)

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:25pm
  47. imagine…. great britian before great usa!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:41pm
  48. Well, the United Shits ain´t all that great.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 6:05pm
  49. Awesome…from 1 Queen to All the Others!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 6:33pm
  50. They put the great back in Great Britain! Go Great Britain!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 6:37pm
  51. God Save the Queen !! (y)

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 7:14pm
  52. She great, good on her.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:35pm
  53. I am surprised.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 9:32pm
  54. Why?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 9:55pm
  55. Can´t wait for Scotland and Northern Ireland, to do the same.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 9:57pm
  56. She also gave royal approval to Section 28. What´s the point here?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10:49pm
  57. awesome!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 12:20am
  58. a true QUEEN

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 12:48am
  59. Long live the Queen!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 12:50am
  60. From one queen to another Queen, thank you!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:58am
  61. a classy lady to the end

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 2:37am
  62. her signing of the law is something which happens as part of the process, she no longer has any say in such matters and her signature is merely a symbolic gesture; secondly, she is the head of a patriarchy which not too long ago colonised many countries and in doing so, forced ridiculous rules upon those countries which frowned upon homosexuality! FFS!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 2:46am
  63. she had to one of her grandsons is bi.

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 2:46am
  64. Go Queen Mum

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 2:57am
  65. as a receiver of letters and cards from her Royalness for years, I knew she was a fair and descent person.

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 2:58am
  66. We need her here!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:06am
  67. And she has Awesome hats !

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:13am
  68. Long live the Queen!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:21am
  69. And she had a Gay old time doing it to!!! LoL

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:23am
  70. She is totaly lost and want the people get lost too but let the people decide.

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:30am
  71. Hip hip hooray! Good Show Queen Elizabeth the second! ÷} Cheerio pip pip! Lol.

    <3

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:40am
  72. “It takes ONE to know OTHERS!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:41am
  73. Germany? Are you going to let France and the UK beat you like this?

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:51am
  74. yay for ENGLAND

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:55am
  75. Why to gooooooooo. Love it

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:56am
  76. Cheers

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:00am
  77. I guess the Royal family isnt so bad after all.

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:08am
  78. This is bloody brilliant!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:25am
  79. Cheerio!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:26am
  80. smart old gal !!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:28am
  81. How does that song go? God save our gracious queen. Long live our noble queen. ……

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:41am
  82. Right On.

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:02am
  83. You go Your Queeness!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:10am
  84. Solid. Yes.

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:30am
  85. Long live the queen

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:31am
  86. God save our gracious Queen!
    Long live our noble Queen!
    God save the Queen
    Send her victorious,
    Happy and glorious,
    Long to reign over us:
    God save The Queen!
    O Lord our God arise,
    Scatter her enemies,
    And make them fall:
    Confound their politics,
    Frustrate their knavish tricks,
    On Thee our hopes we fix:
    God save us all.
    Thy choicest gifts in store,
    On her be pleased to pour;
    Long may she reign:
    May she defend our laws,
    And ever give us cause
    To sing with heart and voice
    God save the Queen!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:49am
  87. glad u picked a photo of her smiling

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:47am
  88. She is all class.

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:56am
  89. <3

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:59am
  90. THANKS QUEEN ELIZABETH II!!!! Wishing Equality for all in America still!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:13pm
  91. …. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 2:27pm
  92. Awesome

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:51pm
  93. THANK YOU!! GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 6:19pm
  94. Nice one Elizabeth II

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7:52pm
  95. Long Live The Queen!!! <3

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:39pm
  96. The Queen made it legal for the Queens!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:45pm