England, Scotland and Wales are all sprinting along towards full marriage equality, and it’s all happening with the Queen’s approval.
This week she signed a “royal assent” — basically a fancy way of saying that she passed a bill — that would legalize marriage equality in Scotland. Details aren’t final yet, but it looks like couples there could start marrying before the end of the year. The bill enjoys overwhelming support, with 72 percent of respondents supporting equality in a consultation last year.
Weirdly, the bill assumes that religious organizations will want to oppose the marriages, and requires that they “opt in” to be able to perform them.
Meanwhile, equality’s pretty much a done deal in England and Wales. Marriage is slated to start on March 29, though couples must sign up two weeks in advance if they want to marry on the first day.
And starting today, England will recognize marriages performed internationally.
Scotland could use a little nudge in the marriage department. New figures show that the total number of weddings fell by 3,000 over the last year. But once LGBTs are able to tie the knot, that number is likely to surge.
Constitutionally the Queen neither approves or disapproves .She is required to sign all laws passed in either the UK or Scottish parliaments .Royal assent is the formality which makes a bill the law of the land ,her opinion is of no more importance than anyone elses .The UK is a constitutional monarchy meaning that parliament is sovereign .
@billforsyth: Actually that’s not true. She has the power to withhold royal assent. Though it rarely happens she’s not required by law to sign on. This article is wrong about one thing, though. Her Magesty didn’t “pass” a bill. That’s the power of the MPs.
Still a cool thing that this happened though.
@charwegl: Majesty* (my b)
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To the Queen!
@billforsyth: You’re wrong about two things: First, Royal Assent is not automatic, but no Bill can become law without Royal Assent. Thus the Will of the Queen is the law of the land. Second, the Queen is one-third of Parliament: you’re drawing a false dichotomy. Parliament is where THE Sovereign and HER subjects meet.
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