The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) bill allowing gay marriage in England and Wales was passed by the House of Commons by 366 votes to 161 on Monday.
Many Tory MPs – 133 – opposed the bill that passed with the vote of the Labour and Lib Dem leaderships. The bill will be at the center of “heated discussion” in the House of Lords today, May 22.
The Marriage bill is a victory for British premier David Cameron who hopes it will become law soon. It will allow same sex couples to marry.
The BBC reports:
Conservative critics had tabled a proposal to allow heterosexual couples enter into civil partnerships, if gay couples were allowed to get married. But this was defeated, with MPs instead backing a Labour plan to consult on changing civil partnerships.
The Labour shadow government said the bill should be celebrated. “Let’s put aside the anger and hear it for the joy,” said Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary.