Commons Backs Gay Marriage In UK

MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the government's legislation for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

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At the conclusion of the Commons' first opportunity to debate the The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, MPs voted by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, in favour of the legislation.

Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as "an important step forward" that strengthens society.

But a number of Conservative MPs voted against the plans.

MPs' decision to back the bill at second reading signifies
that they approve with it in principle. The legislation will now proceed
to receive more detailed parliamentary scrutiny.