Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage

It’s official: Queen Elizabeth II approved the legalization of gay marriage in Britain, the day after the law passed Parliament. The bill allows same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, although the Church of England refuses to conduct same-sex weddings. Couples who are in civil unions will be able to convert their relationships to marriage. The bill was introduced in January and was backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, although his Conservative Party was divided on it. Marriages can begin next summer.