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Welcome to the modern world Britain: British MPs say yes to gay marriage in historic vote

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 6th, 2013 0 comments yet. Be the First

Gay marriage proposalsWe don’t understand why equal marriage rights are still even a question in this day and age. But we’re delighted that Britain is finally waking up and realising its in the 21st Century and treating people equally. As human beings we should all be equal after all, regardless of who we love.

Yesterday saw Parliament take one big historic step towards full equality for gay people when an impressive of MPs voted in favour of equal marriage in the House of Commons. However, despite the 225-vote majority, it is alarming that so many Conservatives voted against the passing of the bill, which is an issue at the heart of British PM David Cameron’s modernising agenda.

After the voting results were announced Cameron tweeted: “Strong views exist on both sides but I believe MPs voting for gay people being able to marry too, is a step forward for our country.”

Joining some of the Conservatives on the negative train yesterday was the Roman Catholic church – not a big surprise there. Speaking to The Guardian, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, said: “The Catholic Church continues to support marriage understood by society for centuries as the significant and unique lifelong commitment between a man and a woman for their mutual well-being and open to the procreation and education of children. Marriage is rooted in the complementarity of man and woman.

While this is a historical vote there is still one final hurdle waiting before the bill becomes law: the House of Lords So we’re still in for another debate and dilly-dallying and another vote before the bill passes the finish line. But we can’t imaging it would’t be passed, as that would be catastrophic for Britain, so we’ll put the champagne on chill.

If When the bill passes, Britain will become the 13th country where same-sex marriage is legal, joining nations such as Canada, Argentina and the Nordics.

Well what a week. Parisian women can finally officially and legally wear trousers and EVERYONE in Britain is one step closer to being able to marry the person they love, regardless of gender.

And as for the Roman Catholic church. Well it, and some MPs, continue to live in the dark ages.
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