MPs will vote twice tonight on gay marriage

Houses of Parliament
MPs have continued to debate same-sex marriage in the build up to the votes in Parliament. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Two votes will take place at the House of Commons tonight concerning same-sex marriage.

The first concerns the second reading of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill, which proposes that gay couples can wed, while including a "quadruple lock" for religious groups who oppose such a union.

This will be a free vote and is expected to pass, despite strong opposition from a large number of Conservative MPs in defiance of the Government's appeals.

The second vote will be on how the legislation will be scrutinised as it passes through the Commons - the Government's programme motion - and MPs will be subject to a three-line whip. Less MPs are therefore expected to defy the whip, although strong opposition is still expected.


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