Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has given her royal stamp of approval to same-sex marriage.
The House of Lords passed the legislation legalizing gay unions earlier this week. The queen's approval, while a formality, was the last step required for the bill to become law.
The law allows gay couples to marry in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales.
"This is a historic moment that will resonate in many people's lives," Equalities Minister Maria Miller said of the queen's decision. "I am proud that we have made it happen, and I look forward to the first same-sex wedding by next summer."
The Church of England, which opposes the measure, is exempt from having to perform gay weddings.