Monday , 16 September 2019

Queen gives royal approval to equal marriage in Scotland

Queen Elizabeth approves Scotland equal marriage
Queen Elizabeth approves Scotland equal marriage

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday gave her royal stamp of approval to Scotland’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Act 2014, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to begin by the end of the year.

The Scottish Parliament announced Thursday that the Queen had signed the bill on Wednesday. Her approval was largely a formality, but the last step necessary for the measure to become law.

Scotland becomes the 17th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, after the Scottish Parliament passed the bill on 4 February by an overwhelming majority.

Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, the marriage equality bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales comes into effect on March 29. Couples can begin registering their intent to marry as of today, and marry following a 16-day waiting period.

Additionally, same-sex couples who legally married outside of the United Kingdom are now legally recognized as married in England and Wales.

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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