Marriage equality makes big progress in England and Wales

Queen Elizabeth II of England

Queen Elizabeth II of England (Via Royal.Gov.Uk)

BY SARAH TOCE
TheSeattleLesbian.com

Britain’s House of Lords approved freedom to marry legislation Monday, paving the way for same-sex couples to marry next year in England and Wales after final approval in the House of Commons, which is all but assured, and approval from the queen. A law recognizing civil partnerships in England and Wales was passed in 2004.

“After a rich and extensive months-long debate in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, Britain’s parliament passed a historic freedom to marry bill, introduced by a conservative prime minister and drawing support from across the spectrum,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry.

“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,” added Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill.

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