February 5th, 2013
03:27 PM ET

UK lawmakers approve same-sex marriage in first vote

[Updated at 3:27 p.m. ET] A little clarification: The bill would, as drafted, enable religious organizations in the United Kingdom to conduct same-sex marriages if they wish.

[Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET] More details on the vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom: The second reading of the bill passed in a 400-175 vote Tuesday.

The bill will be up for further debate in the House of Commons, and it still would need to go though other stages, including another vote in the House of Commons and approval in the House of Lords, before it can become law.

[Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET] The UK House of Commons has passed a bill to introduce same-sex marriage in the country.

The legislation still must go through several more stages, including approval in the House of Lords, before it can become law.

[Posted at 9:23 a.m. ET] UK lawmakers are to vote on a bill to introduce same-sex marriage Tuesday, an issue that has prompted widespread rebellion within Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party.

Three top party members appealed to Conservative MPs to get behind the controversial legislation in a letter published in the Telegraph newspaper Tuesday.

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  1. sam stone

    stuart: when is the time?

    February 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ShawnDH

    Why not, exactly?

    February 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. yaa

    @Sam Stone: No. I am a supporter.
    @ Others, look at the history, when Brits do something, Americans suddenly feel all warm about it.

    February 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sam stone

    yaa: in that case, i apologize for misreading your comment

    February 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kyle Stevens

    This should be legal, of course. However, churches should NOT be forced to marry couples they believe are not following God's word.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ednebet

    Legalize it, don't bigotize it!

    February 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Michael

    Consenting adults should be able to marry who they wish, and there is no reasonable argument against that happening in a freedom loving, civilized society. The troglodytes keep trying to drag our society down in the same way that they drag their knuckles.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Amer1Cabbage

    Gay marriage is already legal in some places in the US. I guess we got the Brits beat for once. HURRY UP SLOWPOKES!

    February 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Johnjon

    another step in the fight for equality. bigots begone.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Sister Yvette

    This is an abomination. Where have we reach and where are we going in today's world? The corrupt minds stink to high heaven and God who created Man and Woman is watching and getting ready to act. Good Lord, have mercy upon us.: especially those with reprobate minds.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Sister Yvette:
      Your observation that no mercy was shown on your mind is accurate.
      "Where have we reach?"
      About the fourth grade, in your quest.

      February 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    "God...is watching and getting ready to act."
    Oh, I'm afraid of you: a seer who knows the mentation of God, in addition to receiving precognition of His works, has awesome power indeed.

    February 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. banasy©

    But you are okay with re-populating the world via incest? Interesting.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sheryl ©

    Well, I mean–that just does it. Um...um.
    I'm not going to mince any words in telling you that I, Sheryl, have made a firm decision: I am not–absolutely not–going to enter into a same-you-know-what marriage now or at any time in the future, regardless or what the courts say.
    I don't like other women, and I'm not going to do it.

    February 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dazzle ©

      @Sheryl, good to see you and I like you would never enter into something like that.

      February 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sheryl ©

    @ banasy:
    Oh, hi–I forgot to say hello to you.
    I've been a little worried about Joey recently...you know, he's so into all this court business, well–when I was looking for new shoes to day, I wondered–do you think that Joey's turning, well–confused?

    February 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sheryl ©

      Oh, hi, @ dazzle ©!

      February 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sheryl, darling:
      No, I do not think our JIF is turning...confused; I think he is just not as interested in your shoes as he used to be.
      Perhaps your red bikini will awaken his interest.

      February 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ Mary, Faith is a journey not a GUILT TRIP so please stop trying to guilt everyone into believing as you do.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
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