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Same-sex marriage bill clears UK House of Commons

Bill now moves to House of Lords
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

LONDON — Britain’s House of Commons has passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The legislation, backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, passed by a vote of 366 to 161 on Tuesday.

The bill will now move to the House of Lords, whose approval is also required. Members there are expected to hold their first debate in July.

If approved, the law is expected to take effect in 2015, and enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided the religious institution they choose consents.

Such a law also would allow couples who had previously entered into a civil partnership to convert their relationship to a marriage.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. what about Scotland and Northern Ireland why just England and Wales

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:45pm
  2. It’s already legal in Scotland.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:46pm
  3. I thought they had only done Civil Partnerships same as the rest of the UK

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:47pm
  4. ah Danni you live in one of my favourite Cities

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:48pm
  5. Same sex marriage is already legal here in Scotland. Scotland and Wales have their own parliaments :)

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:49pm
  6. We had civil partnerships but we lead the way in the UK by legalising same sex marriage last year :)

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:53pm
  7. oh how things have changed in the last 15 years

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:53pm
  8. Yeah it’s great :)

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:55pm
  9. Is it just the House of Lords that is still has to vote on it?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:58pm
  10. marriage equality….

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:07pm
  11. That’s not exactly correct. British and Scottish parliaments are each progressing laws to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales, and Scotland. Currently, same-sex couples have been allowed to enter into civil partnerships, a separate union which (without being classified as marriage) provides the legal consequences of marriage. A separate bill to convert civil unions to “marriage” has yet to be heard in the Scottish Parliament.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:10pm
  12. That’s Catholic country big time.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:17pm
  13. So bloody proud of my heritage

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:21pm
  14. my second loved country finally has peace…:)

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:39pm
  15. I am proud of the country was born in also thanks Mike did not think that it was other than Civil Partnerships I know they all moved forward on it around the same time actually Marie there is a good percentage of Catholics in Scotland but Church of Scotland Protestants along with other protestants are probably equal or more than number of Catholics

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 3:13pm