United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth Gives Royal Assent To Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage in England and Wales

Final formality follows approval by House of Commons and House of Lords

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LONDON — Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday — the day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.