Gay marriage an important step forward, says British Prime Minister — House of Commons agrees
MPs have approved same-sex marriage in England and Wales in a key Commons vote, despite the opposition of almost half the Conservative MPs.
The Commons voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day’s debate on the bill.
Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as “an important step forward” that strengthens society…
Junior justice minister Helen Grant said: “As Tories we do differ at times. We have squabbles – we’re like any other family.”
But she described the legislation as “a major step forward for equality and justice”…
Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said: “I genuinely believe that we will look back on today as a landmark for equality in Britain.
“Tonight’s vote shows Parliament is very strongly in favour of equal marriage.
“No matter who you are and who you love, we are all equal. Marriage is about love and commitment, and it should no longer be denied to people just because they are gay…
MPs were given a free vote on the bill, meaning they were not ordered to vote a particular way by party whips…
Opposition leader Ed Miliband said: “This is a proud day and an important step forward in the fight for equality in Britain.
“The overwhelming majority of Labour MPs supported this change to make sure marriage reflects the value we place on long-term, loving relationships whoever you love.
Anyone care to venture how much success a Center-Right coalition would have in passing such a vote through the United States Congress?
Even more important, I guess, is that this is an expression of the whole House of Commons. Each party will have the opportunity to claim leadership and dedication to civil rights and they should. And that, too, takes me back to what Congress, nowadays, seems to lack.