Couples wishing to be among the first to get hitched will need to give notice of their intentions by 13 March 2014.
Twitter has gone wild after hearing the news, but it still seems online commentators are settling into three groups. Check out the reactions below...
1. The very very happy and excited #equalmarriage group
It is finally starting to sink in that I can get married in England! Thanks to everyone who made this possible :D #equalmarriage— RylovesRylan (@rylovesmusic) December 10, 2013
Back from my lunch break to find the wonderful news about #equalmarriage. WE'VE GOT IT WE'VE FINALLY GOT IT!— Sarah Moore (@sarahmoorexo) December 10, 2013
Same sex marriage is legal in the UK from 29th March 2014. Makes you proud to be British.— theodore, (@AGentlemansKiss) December 10, 2013
SO happy same sex marriage is finally legal, dead excited for my step sister's wedding in May— Jenni Simpkin (@JenSimpkin) December 10, 2013
2. The 'why didn't this happen sooner?' happy-but-angry group
So happy gay marriage will be legal in the UK from 29th March 2014. It's about time!— Hope Eleanor. (@hopeeleanor_) December 10, 2013
so same sex marriage approved eh? Good now the buggers can be as unhappy as the rest of us ;)— DeeChief (@DeeChief) December 10, 2013
3. Despite the mass support on social media, there are still some Twitter users who are angry about the same sex marriage ruling....
@nick_clegg ...Sorry Same Sex Marriage aint good news. It is morally, biblicaly and ethically sinful.— ISAAC ARANDI (@isaacarandi100) December 10, 2013
Don't agree with same sex marriage, not because I'm homophobic, but because marriage is a special historic tradition, between man and women— Joshua James Porter (@JoshPorter22) December 10, 2013
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