Queen Elizabeth Gives OK on UK Gay Marriage

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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.

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