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House of Commons Approves Legislation for Same-Sex Marriage in England and Wales

After a day of heated debate in the U.K.’s House of Commons, Members of Parliament (MPs) have approved legislation for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

MPs voted 400 to 175 in support of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.  The bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in civil and religious ceremonies where religious institutions formally consent. Couples could also convert their civil partnerships into marriages.

Earlier today Prime Minister David Cameron called marriage equality “an important step forward” that would “mak[e] our society stronger.” Following the vote, Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said, "I genuinely believe that we will look back on today as a landmark for equality in Britain.”

The bill now goes to a parliamentary committee for further scrutiny.

Recent polls show that 54 percent of Americans support marriage equality, and support continues to grow across demographics. Visit our Marriage Center to learn more about the fight for marriage equality nationwide.

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