Queen opposed gay marriage but could do nothing, says friend

Mon 07 Mar 2016
By Aaron James

It's been reported Queen Elizabeth II opposed gay marriage when it was introduced in 2013, but admitted she could do nothing to stop it.

An anonymous friend told the Daily Mail newspaper that the Queen said: "I can only advise and warn."

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013:

395 MPs in favour

170 MPs against

79 MPs abstained or did not vote

First marriages in England and Wales 29 March 2014 

Scotland gay marriage laws come into effect 16 December 2014

Northern Ireland has not passed gay marriage laws

The Queen is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, which believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Her friend said she supported civil partnerships, which were introduced in 2005. They allow gay couples to have similar legal rights to married couples.

Queen PA


The Conservative Party was divided over the issue of gay marriage, but David Cameron was able to push the change of legislation through with support from Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

A spokesman for the Queen said Buckingham Palace does not comment on private conversations.

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