Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage
Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer. The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, provided that the religious institution consents. The Church of England, the country’s official faith, is barred from performing such ceremonies. It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships -— which were introduced in 2005 and carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage —-to convert their relationships to marriage.