The Queen Signs U.K. Marriage Equality Bill

Queen Elizabeth II has given royal approval to marriage equality legislation approved by both Houses earlier this week. As a matter of formality, the royal assent is the final nod for the legislation.

The AP has more:

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. The queen’s approval was a formality. It clears the way for the first gay marriages next summer.

The law will take tangible effect in the summer of 2014.