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Marriage Equality Clears Final Parliamentary Hurdle in England

ParliamentPost submitted by David McCabe, HRC Digital Media Intern

The marriage equality bill that has been moving through England’s Parliament overcame its final legislative obstacle today, and awaits final assent by Queen Elizabeth II.

Despite a late attempt to delay the bill’s passage, the House of Commons reviewed and approved the measure after considering amendments included before passage by the House of Lords yesterday.

Prime Minister David Cameron has been a vocal supporter of the legislation and has said its passage would send a message to young gay people that "their love is the same as anyone else's love."

Marriages are expected to begin in England and Wales in 2014, and activists say they will now turn their attention to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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