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Queen Gives Royal Assent to Marriage Equality Bill

Jim Burroway

July 17th, 2013

Photo via George Takei

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

Marriages are expected to begin sometime in the summer of 2014.



July 17th, 2013 | LINK

It takes a YEAR to implement a passed law in England???

July 17th, 2013 | LINK

BTW, it’s “Takei”

Sam Roberts
July 17th, 2013 | LINK

Matt NYC: Oooh, MIAOUWW! Yes, us Brits take ages to get our act together. I suppose when you pass a major law like this lots of other little amendments will have to go through. And you want to get them just right – I can imagine how the yellow press would jump on any error involving marriage forms or licences. So let’s take all the time needed to get it just right. As I recall, the Civil Partnership Act was passed in 2004 and only came into force a year later. There too, there were lots of little changes to implement before the Act came into force.

July 18th, 2013 | LINK

Well, Sam, even though it’ll take you a year to cross all of the i’s and dot all of the t’s you will still have beaten the likes of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia by way more than a royal mile.


July 18th, 2013 | LINK

The shambles of pensions inequality is partly responsible for the delay in implementation.

It’s great news even so. Thanks to the BTB team’s thoughtful articles providing a good example of how to articulate inequality by the way.

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