MPs back gay marriage bill

MPs have voted by 366 to 161, majority 205, to legalise gay marriage by giving the Government's controversial Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill a third reading.

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Yvette Cooper suggests Parliament Abba chorus

Turning to Culture Secretary Maria Miller shortly before the vote, shadow minister for women and equalities Yvette Cooper said:

"We can only wonder what would happen if you and I leapt up and started leading a Eurovision-style chorus perhaps of congratulations perhaps Abba-style, maybe not 'One Man, One Woman' but certainly 'I Do, I Do, I Do'.

"I have heard Conservative members talk about the anger in their constituencies. And I hope they will now be able to stop talking about the anger and start talking about the joy. Because this is about the joy that we can deliver to those that want to get married just as their parents did.

"Let's be loud and proud, let's start the singing. Let's celebrate, not discriminate. Let's put aside the anger and hear it for the joy."

MPs 'proud' to vote through equal marriage Bill

Conservative Culture Secretary Maria Miller said today's vote was "the right thing."

Bridget Phillipson is a Labour MP:

Simon Wright is a Liberal Democrat MP for Norwich South:


Same sex marriage Bill heads to the Lords

Plans to allow same-sex marriage survived a Conservative backlash after a fraught debate in the House of Commons.

An amendment which supporters warned could derail the legislation altogether was easily defeated after the Government reached an agreement with Labour.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill now looks set to be approved by MPs tomorrow - but is likely to meet stiff resistance in the House of Lords.

A bid by a Tory opponent of gay marriage to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples attracted 70 supporters in a free vote - far fewer than the 100-plus anticipated by some critics.

Ex-minister Tim Loughton insisted it was not a "wrecking amendment" and was a move backed by the public and many advocates of same-sex marriage.But the change - which Culture Secretary Maria Miller said would impose significant delays and costs - was defeated by a majority of 305.


150 MPs back registrar opt out over same-sex marriage

  • An amendment to allow registrars to opt out of conducting same-sex marriages received the support of 150 MPs in a Commons vote tonight
  • The MPs - many expected to be Tory backbenchers - had signed an amendment which if passed would have allowed registrars to opt out of carrying out gay marriages
  • The 150 MPs represents a significant opposition to the Government's plans. But they were defeated in the House of Commons by 340 MPs, Government majority 190
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