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This just in – England’s House of Lords has passed the same-sex marriage bill in what is believed to be the final hurdle before it becomes law.

The bill will now head back to the House of Commons for review of amendments and will be signed into law by the queen in a matter of days.

Lord Waheed Alli, who is openly gay, was among many Lords who wore pink carnations to show their support for the legislation. He told MSN UK that he is proud to have been a part of the 15-year fight to get the legislation passed.

"You have given me dignity where there was sometimes fear,” Lord Alli said. “You have given me hope where there was often darkness and you have given me equality where there was sometimes prejudice."

The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales are expected to take place in 2014.

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