Marriage equality has come to the UK, led largely by the Conservative Party and Prime Minister David Cameron. The first same-sex marriages took place just the other day after the law recognizing those unions became official and several couples were married immediately.
David Cameron has hailed the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales as sending a “powerful message” about equality in Britain.
The law changed at midnight, with a number of gay couples vying to claim the title of being the first to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows were said just seconds after the clock struck midnight.
The prime minister said the reform was necessary because “when people’s love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change”.
Writing in Pink News he said “this weekend is an important moment” because “we will at last have equal marriage in our country”.
Cameron, who has faced opposition from some in the Conservative party about his backing for the change, said: “This is something that has been very important to me…
“The introduction of same-sex civil marriage says something about the sort of country we are.
“It says we are a country that will continue to honour its proud traditions of respect, tolerance and equal worth. It also sends a powerful message to young people growing up who are uncertain about their sexuality.
“It clearly says ‘you are equal’ whether straight or gay. That is so important in trying to create an environment where people are no longer bullied because of their sexuality – and where they can realise their potential, whether as a great mathematician like Alan Turing, a star of stage and screen like Sir Ian McKellen or a wonderful journalist and presenter like Clare Balding.”
Of course, all straight marriages in the UK have now lost their sanctity and dogs and cats will begin cohabitating as a result.