England and Wales make same-sex marriage legal

By admin
28 March 2014

England and Wales has joined 13 other countries, as well as parts of the United States and Mexico to allow same-sex marriage. The law, which has seen a long battle, was finally adopted on Saturday 29 March.

The bill to legalise same-sex marriages was published by Britain’s coalition government in January 2013, and The Marriages (Same-Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year. Just two weeks ago, on March 13, couples were able to register their intention to marry under the Act. Last month, Scotland gave the go-ahead for same-sex marriages.

'When people's love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change'

David Cameron, Prime Minister of England said that the reform was necessary, hailing it as sending a powerful message about equality in Britain. "When people's love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change," Cameron said.

On Saturday morning, Mr Cameron tweeted: "Congratulations to the gay couples who have already been married - and my best wishes to those about to be on this historic day."

Couples rushed to be the first to marry at the stroke of midnight on Friday, vying for the title of the first married same-sex couple in Britain.

The act shows strong support for equality, where all are given the same rights regardless of sexual orientation. The bill faced opposition from some members of David Cameron’s Conservative Party, in addition to the Church of England. Archbishop of Cantebury, Justin Welby, who is leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans, signalled no more resistance to same-sex marriage.

The Netherlands was the first country to legalise same-same marriages in 2001.

Sources: CNN.com, theguardian.com, BBC.com

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