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Gays set to legally marry in the UK

In a momentous move for gay rights in the United Kingdom, gay men and women will be able to marry under marriage law reforms set to be announced later this week, according to the Sunday Times.

Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat equalities minister of the coalition Government, will announce the change this week, bringing Britain into line with other nations such as Canada and South Africa as well as European Union members Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain.

The current law defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but the change in the classification of the union will now include same-sex couples. This will allow gays and lesbians to marry in civic buildings such as registry offices, as well as other traditional settings, as reported by The Sunday Times.

The move will come as a blow to The Church of England, which sought to persuade the Government to uphold legal differences between marriage and civil unions. The Church also opposes a move to allow civil unions to take part in places of worship.

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February 15, 2011

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