Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage

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A protestor holds a rainbow flag outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 3, 2013, as protestors gather in support of same-sex marriage. A 'wrecking amendment' aimed at derailing the government's same-sex marriage bill, which was passed in the Commons despite the opposition of 133 Tory MPs, is being debated in the House of Lords. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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.