When The House of Commons voted to allow gay marriage in England and Wales on May 21st, the outcome was overwhelmingly favorable: 366 votes to 161. Then, it was the turn of The England’s House of Lords to debate whether to move forward marriage equality legislation, and once again the majority of 390 – 148 were in favor of the proposal.
On Wednesday 17th the proposal received Royal Assent. Queen Elizabeth approved the bill and now the first marriage is expected to take place by summer 2014. The new law will allow same-sex couples to marry in religious services where “opted in” ceremonies are permitted. This will allow couples with civil partnerships to convert them into marriages.