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Same-Sex Marriage Is Now a Reality in England and Wales

Eight months after passing a bill to allow gay marriage, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally able to tie the knot at midnight on Friday. Prime Minister David Cameron showed his support for the change with an op-ed in the Pink News, then sealed the deal with a congratulatory tweet. The Church of England (which was started because King Henry VIII thought Catholics were too conservative about traditional marriage) still holds that “marriage is between one man and one woman for life,” though several of its most prominent clergymen have said that they support the unions. Speaking to the BBC, the Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham James, explained his feelings about the situation in a distinctly British way: “It’s untidy for the law to have two definitions … but I think we can live with untidiness.”

Gay Marriage Now a Reality in England and Wales