A bill which seeks to make Britain the
15th nation to legalize gay marriage cleared the House of
Commons on Tuesday.
Members of parliament approved the bill
with a 366-161 vote. The measure now heads to the British
Parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords, where its prospects
The bill received greater support from
the chamber in February, when it passed a first reading by a 400-175
A proposed amendment which sought to
allow straight couples to enter civil partnerships threatened to
derail the project. The amendment failed but managed to embarrass
Prime Minister David Cameron because it was sponsored by a member of
the ruling Conservative Party.
Right-wing Tories worry that the party
is losing membership to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) over the
issue of marriage equality and Britain's European Union membership.
A series of other amendments also were
According to a YouGov poll for the
Sunday Times, 54 percent of Britons favor marriage equality.
Nine other European nations allow gay
couples to marry, the latest being France where a law is set to take
effect at the end of this month.
first gay wedding set for May 29.)