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May 21, 2013

The same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales has passed its report stage and third reading in the House of Commons and will now pass to the Lords for more debate

UK Members of Parliament (MPs) have again backed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.

It was the third and final reading of the bill in the House of Commons.

In the vote 366 MPs voted for the bill with 161 against, a landslide majority of 205.

The last two days have seen attempts by some Conservative backbench MPs to water down the bill, meaning marriage registrars could opt out of conducting same-sex weddings and teachers wouldn’t have to tell pupils that equal marriage was the law.

Both were rejected.

May 20, 2013

Shadow Women and Equalities Minister Yvette Cooper tells opposition party MPs to not vote for Tim Loughton's opposite-sex civil partnerships amendment

British political party Labour has announced they have abandoned support for a 'wrecking' amendment supporting opposite-sex civil partnerships today (20 May).

Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary and the Shadow Equalities Minister, has announced Labour will table its own amendment.

As outlined on The World At One, she explained the amendment would establish 'an immediate consultation on opposite-sex civil partnerships', which, she said, could begin even before the bill has completed its parliamentary pasage.

February 5, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has released a televised statement saying marriage equality will make 'society stronger'

British members of parliament clashed in the House of Commons during a debate on same-sex marriage today (5 February).

Put forward by culture secretary and equalities minister Maria Miller, she opened the forum for the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) bill.

She began by reassuring MPs the European Court of Human Rights would not force religious organizations to host same-sex marriage.

February 5, 2013

Shadow Woman and Equalities Minister urges the House of Commons to back marriage equality in the second reading

The shadow women and equalities minister has told members of parliament to be on the ‘right side of history’ when voting on marriage equality today (5 February).

Yvette Cooper, for Labour, asked her colleagues to not discriminate against same-sex couples when considering their vote.

She said: ‘In marriage, let us celebrate, not discriminate. Let’s be on the right side of history.’

Cooper also suggested same-sex marriage could put more than £14 million ($22m, €16m) into the economy.

January 16, 2013

A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have committed to vote for marriage equality England and Wales

A total of 330 MPs have confirmed they will vote in favor of same-sex marriage legislation when it is introduced at Westminster later this year.

In contrast, just 126 Members of Parliament (MPs) have publicly stated that they remain opposed to a change in the law, meaning there is now a clear parliamentary majority for equal marriage.

July 5, 2012

The Labour Party has warned the UK government not to ignore gay marriage at a meeting of faith groups backing the cause

British political party Labour chaired a meeting where representatives of Quakers, Unitarians and Jewish groups debated their views on gay marriage yesterday (4 July).

The left-leaning party said their backing shows a range of views among faith groups and does not condemn opposition.

The meeting follows the coalition government closing the 12-week consultation on gay marriage on 14 June, with the legislation expected for 2015. 

June 11, 2012

Support for gay marriage in the UK continues as activists document the success of their campaign and viral YouTube video

With days to go until the end of the UK government's consultation into equal marriage in England and Wales, Out4Marriage have produced a video highlighting the celebrities who’ve supported the campaign.

May 9, 2012

New Out4Marriage campaign to encourage gay and lesbian marriage equality is based on It Gets Better video series

Grandparents, activists and politicians have produced videos to say why they are ‘coming out’ for marriage.

It’s the first step by a new campaign, Out4Marriage, which aims to support proposals to change the law to allow gay marriage in the UK.

It’s hoped the campaign will go viral, with the public producing their own videos, and that it will also support moves towards gay marriage in other countries which are considering it, like the US and Australia.