UPDATE: The Queen has given her assent (a required formality) after parliament passed a law legalizing gay marriage yesterday. That means England (and Wales) have just legalized gay marriage. Same-sex weddings are expected to begin in 2014.
Under the terms of the the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, religious organisations will have to “opt in” to offering weddings, with the Church of England and Church in Wales being banned in law from doing so.
The Church of England wanted parliament to ban it from ever choosing to conduct gay weddings? How messed up is that? I do love how desperate the church is, and how desperate church-y members of Parliament are, that they’re willing to establish the precedent of Parliament telling the church what it can and can’t do. God forbid, the Church of England decide on its own some day what is and isn’t God’s will without the stamp of approval of Parliament.
I’m not opposed to necessary concessions. But how messed up is it that Parliament is banning the church from recognizing what it determines to get God’s will. The Church of England has posted an “explanation” of how this isn’t anything unusual. As a lawyer myself, this reads like a bunch of bs.
Gay marriage legislation passed the British House of Lords today, after having previously passed the House of Commons, which means.
According to the BBC, that means the law should be passed by the end of this week (after another technical vote in the House of Commons), leaving only the Queen’s assent.
Gay weddings are expected to start in 2014.
More from Stonewall UK, one of the large gay rights groups leading the fight on marriage:
Subject to consideration of amendments in the House of Commons — a technicality, as the Bill made it through the Lords without any material amendments — the Bill will now receive Royal Assent and become law.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: “It’s impossible to express how much joy this historic step will bring to tens of thousands of gay people and their families and friends. The Bill’s progress through Parliament shows that, at last, the majority of politicians in both Houses understand the public’s support for equality — though it’s also reminded us that gay people still have powerful opponents.
Here are the countries that have, or soon will have, gay marriage nationwide or in parts of the country:
- South Africa
- Brazil (parts)
- Mexico (one state and the capital)
- US (some states)
- New Zealand
- England and Wales – marriages should start in 2014.