Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Today marriage equality legislation cleared the British House of Commons, with a final vote of 366 to 161.

The House of Lords will begin to consider the bill in June.  British Prime Minister David Cameron has fiercely advocated on behalf of marriage equality, reassuring religious communities and dissenting members of Parliament of the ability for marriage equality and religious freedoms to coexist.

Should marriage equality pass both houses of Parliament, the UK would be the fifteenth state with marriage equality legislation on the books. Additionally, Brazil and Mexico allow same-sex marriage in some jurisdictions.

In the United States, 12 states plus Washington, D.C. recognize same-sex marriage.

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