UK's House of Lords backs same-sex marriage

  • The United Kingdom has moved one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

    A vote at the House of Lords on Tuesday rejected an amendment that would have brought an end to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, a flagship policy of Prime Minister David Cameron's government.

    It was defeated by 390 votes against 148 and effectively passes the bill.

    According to critics, limiting homosexuals to civil partnerships rather than marriage is discriminatory despite the fact that in Britain, there is little or no difference in the legal rights.

    The government plans to have the law come into action in July next year.

    In April, France became the ninth country in Europe to allow same-sex marriage after the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Portugal and Spain.

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