The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales will be able to take place from 29 March 2014, Equalities Minister Maria Miller says.
Initially it was thought the first marriages would not take place until next summer…
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals. [Try that one in Congress]
MPs approved the principle of same-sex marriage despite opposition from many Conservatives, which caused tensions in the party. Most Lib Dem and Labour MPs supported the move…
Ms Miller said: “Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex.”
She said it was “just another step in the evolution of marriage“.
And she said she was “working hard” to ensure that couples who wanted to convert civil partnerships into marriages – and married people wanting to change their legal gender while remaining married – would be able to do so before the end of next year.
From June, people will also be able to take part in same-sex weddings in some British consulates and armed forces bases overseas or in military chapels.
Going to be lots of happy couples in the UK starting with the end of March. No, that doesn’t include the opposition who, of course, don’t believe in everyone having a right to fall in love and enjoy the rights of citizenship.
So what? On sum, I’m confident the increase in happy folks outweighs unhappy homophobes.