Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The British House of Commons Approves Same-Sex Marriage's Bill

Following in the footsteps of French Parliament, the British House of Commons has approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales. After a six hours of debate, the Commons vote was 400 to 175 for this bill.

The vote has fractured the Conservative Party of Prime Minister David Cameron, because nearly half of the deputies Tories have voted against equal marriage. Finally, the bill has passed by the votes of the opposition Labour Party and the center-left Liberal Democrats, who were allied in an uneasy coalition with the Conservatives.

The bill allows same-sex couples to get married in a town hall or a church, but it also lets religious organizations to choose if they want to recognize gay marriages or not, and it includes provisions to make sure no religious body or person could be forced to do so.

In any case, the Church of England has already announced that opposes to legalization of same-sex marriage.

However, the bill must go through several more stages, it will be faces a new vote in the House of Lords and another vote in the House of Commons before it can become law.

The gay Union Jack

The British House of Commons

The British Prime Minister David Cameron

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