The British House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a bill legalizing gay marriage by a margin of 400-175. The bill is likely to become law as Prime Minister David Cameron supports it.
According to the BBC, Cameron sees this law as “an important step forward.”
Chief Executive Ben Summerskill of the LGBT rights group Stonewall said:
“As the last piece of the legislative jigsaw providing equality for gay people in Britain, this is a truly historic step forward. We’re absolutely delighted that MPs have demonstrated so overwhelmingly that they’re in touch with the twenty-first century.
We anticipate, as always, a tough battle in the House of Lords. Happily, the size of the Commons majority seen tonight – much larger than for most normal Government business – will make it very difficult for peers to suggest that the Bill should be rejected.
‘Most people in Britain support equal marriage and will be delighted that we’re now a step closer to it. We’re grateful to the thousands of Stonewall supporters, many of them straight, who played a big part by contacting their MPs in support.”
The bill will likely reach the House of Lords in early May, but will now go into Commons Committee Stage.