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Gay marriage was legalized in England and Wales Friday and many couples lined up to become officially married.
Andrew Wale, one of the men waiting to marry his partner of seven years, said, “When we were born, it was illegal to be gay, let alone get married. I didn't think about the possibility for most of my life. It is only really recently that suddenly the option seemed to be on its way,” according to CNN.
Although the state law allows for same-sex marriages, the Church of England continues to prohibit it and refuses to allow homosexual priests to marry their partners.
For Reverend Andrew Cain, marrying his partner is a necessity - regardless of what the Church declares. “It is more important to do what is right than to be frightened into not doing what I believe to be true. And I won't be frightened by what the possible consequences are for me. I could lose my job, absolutely. Lose my job, my home and my place,” he said, according to the BBC.
Fifteen countries have now made same-sex marriages legal, with the Netherlands as the first to lead the way.