Update Gay Marriage Bill Debate UK Parliament. Result. It's Approved

 The result is in.
** Equal marriage bill approved by 400 votes to 175 **
But majority of Conservative MPs reject measure
• Campaigners hail vote as 'historic' step
• Summary of the vote
• Read a summary of the debate

Click here for the live blogging transcript from The Guardian newspaper
and also several video extracts showing main features of the historic debate held today in the UK Parliament. 

Voting should be completed this evening.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, where a religious institution had formally consented, in England and Wales.

It would also allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships to convert their relationship into a marriage.
  • Latest news from the debate here and key quotes from here.
  • Some Questions and Answers here
  • Gay Marriage Around The World from here.

" The division between both sides is deep, but the tone of the debate has been good natured and it's been free of vitriol."

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