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United Kingdom to hold first same-sex weddings on March 29

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Sonewall UKDemonstrators outside the British Parliament celebrate after the House of Lords backs same-sex marriage.

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Demonstrators outside the British Parliament celebrate after the House of Lords backed same-sex marriage legislation earlier this year.

LONDON — Save the date: The British government announced Tuesday that the country’s first same-sex weddings can be held on Saturday, March 29.

Equalities Minister Maria Miller said from then on marriage “will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex.”

”This is just another step in the evolution of marriage and I know that many couples up and down the country will be hugely excited that they can now plan for their big day and demonstrate their love and commitment to each other by getting married,” she said.

Parliament legalized same-sex marriage in England and Wales in July, with the backing of the leaders of the three main political parties.

Gay couples in England and Wales will be able to get married in civil ceremonies, and in religious services from orders that authorize it – though the country’s main Protestant order, the Church of England, is split on the issue and is barred from marrying gay couples.

Miller said same-sex couples in civil partnerships, which have been legal since 2005, will be able to convert their relationship to marriage by the end of next year.

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  1. Amazing!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:27pm
  2. That’s awesome that’s my bday.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:28pm
  3. !!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:28pm
  4. way to go! [excuse the americanism..]… missing home (old blighty) n near n dear ones there…. but calcutta home n near n dear ones here… i’ll be there in summer but then i’ll miss *this* home..

    I know I know max 14 hours it takes me home-to-home unless flight is delayed … but arthritis and other problems… .. all that flesh is heir to…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:32pm
  5. Oh… hm… Okay then… Joshua Reece look at this!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:32pm
  6. The Government hates Christians... Thats the damn problem...

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:35pm
  7. Yes, because if anyone is permitted to commit a biblical abomination, that's Christians being hated. Or perhaps we should take biblical command more seriously, and all the hated Christians can kill us faggots with rocks

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:17pm
  8. Lulz

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:18pm
  9. How is this the government hating Christians when (1) the Government specifically exempted the Church of England from having to perform marriages; (2) allowed all other religions to decide if they wanted to perform marriages; (3) the official religion of the UK is Christianity under the Church of England, whose head is the Queen, who signed the law?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:20pm
  10. Do you know ANYTHING about UK government?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:20pm
  11. Yes... It doesn't give a damn about anyone...

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:21pm
  12. Brad stfu

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:36pm
  13. I have nothing against it. But the Government are only doing this to p*ss Christians off.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:41pm
  14. So by allowing gay couples to be as miserable as everyone else is a move to piss Christians off? That sounds silly. Who gives a flying fuck if Christians get pissed off; as they march about with their "holy" book which says gay people should be put to death for simply being their natural selves. Boo-fucking-hoo~

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:15pm
  15. About time

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:38pm
  16. That guy in black tie looks a lil gay lol.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:44pm
  17. And?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:01pm
  18. and you look like a dyke.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:07pm
  19. Thats awesome thats my birthday!!!! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:44pm
  20. We have the same b-day! :-D

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:59pm
  21. Brad how is a same sex wedding hateful to Christians? The government is separate from the church & serves all people regardless of their faith.
    Do you think allowing other faiths to marry according to their scriptures is hateful to Christians?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:46pm
  22. No Brad, stfu. Seriously.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:46pm
  23. Mechele Sisk!!! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:47pm
  24. This is about human rights. All people have the right to marry whomever they choose.. also, plenty of gay people are also christian so honestly, do us a favour and shut up Brad.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:48pm
  25. Goodbye then.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:53pm
  26. Shut up Brad indeed!!!!!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:56pm
  27. Bye Brad! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:00pm
  28. Funny how i'm kinda with Gay marriage and i say my opinion. And everyone loses their minds.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:02pm
  29. This is an easy one: If your religion doesn't like something, then don't do it. If someone else does it, get over it. Their life is none of your business, and your religion does not rule this world. Simple, huh?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:14pm
  30. Oy Brad Mate, Just becuz' others are in Love doesn't mean that U gotta Destroy what Others Find Happiness

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:25pm
  31. Whoop whoop.. congrats to the uk

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:48pm
  32. awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:51pm
  33. very good

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:53pm
  34. I am going to leave now because SOME people have an attitude and don’t believe in freedom of speech so so long!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:55pm
  35. Are you even from the United Kingdom? You realize Christianity is the OFFICIAL religion of the United Kingdom, right?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:18pm
  36. Yes i am. I'm British, Christian and i'm with Gay marriage. Not against it. I just hate the damn government.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:20pm
  37. That’s my birthday! :-D A husband would make a great present!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:57pm
  38. Equality for all. Human Rights need to be honored. God loves gay people — he sure made a lot of them. God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:58pm
  39. In my birth month – so awesome since I have been a gay rights advocate for years -:)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:59pm
  40. My birthday

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:00pm
  41. Brad, in reality it is the UK government doing it before they get left behind by the rest of Europe and also trying to gain gay votes. Whilst it may upset some Christians, if it were about the government p*@#$ ng the Christian church off, they wouldn’t have allowed them to opt out and would have made it law that any religion had to perforrm the mariages or give up the right to perform marriages in their churches etc.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:12pm
  42. Finally someone mature and makes sense...

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:18pm
  43. Brad, I cannot understand why you bring Christianity in the a discussion about marriage. There is NO religious organization that has EVER issued a marriage license. That is SOLELY under the purview of the city/county/municipality in which one lives. The Clerk of the Circuit Court issues marriage licenses which makes the document a Government Service and NO Government agency can deny services to anyone based on, among other things age, race or sex. To deny two people of the same gender a marriage license, or any other service is not permitted and IS discrimination based on sex. That was the foundation upon which my partner and I filed suit against the AG of Arizona and the Clerk of the Pima County Court in 1993, with the law of the time being non-gender specific.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:20am
  44. Jerry, you are right about a marriage license/certificate here in the UK actually being issued by a government agency (here it is the registrar) and not a church. As far as I am aware, but I am sure there will be people who can put me right if I understand it incorrectly, the only religios buildings allowed to perform 'legally binding marriages' here is those under the Christianity banner ie Church of England, Catholic etc. I do not think that a mosque for example can perform a legal marriage and if someone marries in a mosque, they then have to go to the registrar to legalize the marriage. The government would theoretically have the authority to remove that right of the Christian churches to perform the legal marriages if it chose to but that is unlikely in a country which considers itself predominantly Christian although as a British person I can assure you that it is a small minority of people here who regularly attend church or would be considered practising Christians. Most of the people I speak to, even those who have homophobic views are pretty indifferent to gay marriage. The general view seems to be that people are not all that bothered if it does not affect them directly. My personal view is that it is about bloody time that people were treated equally whatever their gender, sexuality, race, colour or religion. To be able to commit legally to a person you love is a right every human being should have.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:04am
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    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:16pm
  46. That’s a cute guy in that white shirt, unless it’s a lesbian. That always seem to happen to me when I’d go out to the bars.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:31pm
  47. I thought it was legal over here?!
    The Fuck have I Been Doing these past months?!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:32pm
  48. Ah, marriage wasn’t. Civil partnership was introduced, but its not thesame and now it’s finally equal.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:08pm
  49. The government has no opinion on christians…or any other religious group.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:27pm
  50. love is love congratulations

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:30pm
  51. Lets go get um and be tuff!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:28pm
  52. Even for those who don’t understand/like gays, isn’t commitment better than promiscuity?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:29pm
  53. I simply want to marry a guy and have normal, legal rights like ANY other married couple. Is that too much?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:48pm
  54. I’m a Christian, and I certainly don’t find it hateful!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:05pm
  55. awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:18pm
  56. that’s on my birthday x3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:50pm
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    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:19pm
  58. Fantastic.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:22pm
  59. wow theyre late

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:30pm
  60. CONGRATULATIONES ……… the life in UK … was AMAZING ….. Of this day …. FOREVER .. :3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:47pm
  61. Alright!! Love has no genders.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:52pm
  62. You know what would be stupid? If someone got offended because someone called this page gay. ’cause you really can’t say it’s not gay. This page is very gay. Anyone here take offence to that? If you do your really dumb. So anyway…. yeah…. this FB page is really fucking gay. Lke most of the people in the picture. Gay…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:54pm
  63. Way to go UK!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:23pm
  64. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:46pm
  65. I so wanna make a queen joke but that’s so beneath me. Someone else do it!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:00am
  66. nice

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:21am
  67. Ironically, my EX-anniversary! ENJOY! <3

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:05am
  68. i wish i can marry u…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:09am
  69. Hateful to Christians? What are you kidding me?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:32am
  70. Disgusting. Just becausel something is legal doesn’t make it right. Civil unions are as far as it needs to go. You have absolutely NO right to redefine marriage. Just remember it’s not a real marriage anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:21am
  71. Michele you are one of the reasons laws are not based on ” It is disgusting” Marriage is a contract. Who are you to say mine is any less than yours?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:28am