Albion agonistes: UK marks gay weddings with rainbow flag on govt buildings

Albion agonistes: UK marks gay weddings with rainbow flag on govt buildings

The British government has announced that this weekend, the ‘rainbow flag’ will fly over government buildings to mark the first gay marriages in the United Kingdom.

The Same-Sex Marriage Act was passed last year, with the first ceremonies set to take place from this Saturday, the 29th of March.

The flag, typically a symbol for LGBT individuals and activists worldwide, will fly above Britain’s Cabinet Office and the Scotland Office. The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is reported to have personally asked for the flag to be flown “to mark the historic milestone for civil rights”.

Clegg said: “As all the same sex couples make their vows this weekend, they will be making history.

“Finally, after years of campaigning, any couple who wants to get married can get married. Together we’ve made our country a place where we celebrate love equally, gay or straight – and for that reason we should all be raising a glass.

“Raising the rainbow flag on Whitehall is a small symbol to celebrate a massive achievement. I want to wish everyone getting married this weekend the very best of luck, on what is a truly momentous occasion.”

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