The LGBT community have gained another milestone for the history books, this time overseas as the British Parliament and Queen Elizabeth II have each approved and legalized same-sex marriage. It was a tough battle, but after months of debate the British Parliament passed the bill just a day after Queen Elizabeth II gave her approval of the legalization.
The United Kingdom’s British Parliament has spoken, as they have legalized same-sex marriage, giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. The bill legalizes same-sex marriage in both Wales and England. Gay and Lesbian couples had already been given the right to join into domestic partnerships and civil unions. Now they may officially marry.
It was a big day of celebrations for those in the United Kingdom. Same-sex weddings are now set to begin next summer in the United Kingdom, Wales and England.
According to British law, the Queen’s approval is a formality and the last step in bills becoming law. Same-Sex marriage has now officially become legal in both England and Wales, giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in both religious and civil ceremonies. However, religious institutes still have the right to refuse participation in the ceremony.
As for couples who are currently in civil unions/partnerships they may convert their partnerships/unions into marriages.
Conservatives had fought hard to prevent same-sex marriage from being legalized. The same kind of fight is being waged in the United States as American politicians struggle to keep gays and lesbians from gaining the right to marry. Many claim that they’re simply interested in protecting the sanctity of marriage. It’s a good thing that Queen Elizabeth II and the British Parliament don’t feel the same way, as they chose not to discriminate. Apparently, they do not believe same-sex marriage interferes with heterosexual marriage. Love is love, no matter if it’s a lesbian, gay or straight couple, if two people love each other and want to spend the rest of their life together then let them. Who are we to judge or say that the LGBT community may not have the right to marry. All couples deserve this right if they wish to do so, and there is no human on this earth who has the authority or right to judge another human being for their choice in partners.
“House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday — the day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.” (Daily News)
Thank you Queen Elizabeth II and British Parliament, the LGBT community around the world thanks you for your support in approving and allowing lesbian and gay couples the same right to marry as their heterosexual counterparts.
-Kelly J Newson