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July 17, 2013

Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage

by VOA News

Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth gave her royal assent to a bill approved earlier by lawmakers.

Lawmakers in parliament's House of Commons cheered Wednesday as they were told the controversial bill had become law.

The first same-sex weddings are expected to take place in mid-2014.

The law allows gay couples to wed in civil and religious ceremonies, but the Church of England and the Church in Wales will be barred from offering same-sex weddings.

The bill was introduced earlier this year to strong objections from the Conservative Party of British Prime Minister David Cameron.