Queen Elizabeth II greets employees on her walk from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center mission control to a reception in the center’s main auditorium in Greenbelt, Maryland where she was presented with a framed Hubble image by Congressman Steny Hoyer and Senator Barbara Mikulski on May 8, 2007.

Queen approves same-sex marriage bill in England, Wales

(RNS) Under the new law, gay men and women will be able to join together in civil ceremonies or in church services — although no religious denomination will be forced to carry out such services. Neither the Roman Catholic Church nor the Church of England will perform such marriages.

British boy scouts

British scouts to welcome atheists

(RNS) Trustees from the Scouting Association are preparing to meet next week to approve a new scouting oath for atheists. The move comes only a week after Girl Guides announced that they would give up their promise to “love my God.”