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British Parliament votes for marriage (second reading)

Timothy Kincaid

February 5th, 2013

NPR

By an overwhelming majority, the British House of Commons passed a bill that legalizes gay marriage. The bill is expected to become law because it is supported by Prime Minister David Cameron.The House passed the bill with a vote of 400 to 175.

After a weekend of threats of revolt from conservative Tories and whining from church leaders, Parliament has soundly supported the change.

Now the bill goes to committee, a third reading, and the House of Lords.

For a recap of the drama: the Times.

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Ivan
February 5th, 2013 | LINK

Nearly half of Conservative MPs voted against and a number of others abstained leaving little more than a third of Conservatives voting in favour.

paul canning
February 5th, 2013 | LINK

Times coverage behind paywall, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/05/gay-marriage-vote-cameron-adrift

Very historic day for England (and is England, bill applies only to England and Wales).

Mark F.
February 6th, 2013 | LINK

Ivan, 1/3 of the Conservatives voting yes is real progress.

Anyway, I assume this is a done deal at this point.

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