British Parliament Backs Same Sex Marriage

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Category: World / Feb 05, 2013 3:58PM EDT
The legalization of gay marriage in Britain may be in the country’s near future: British lawmakers have backed British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to legalize gay marriage after a debate on Tuesday. The draft proposes that it would be legal by 2014: It was carried by 400 votes to 175. Now the draft law is just a few phases away from being law. However there is expected to be some backlash, as conflict within the conservative party is already happening. British Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that the legalization will make society stronger: "Today is an important day. I am a strong believer in marriage. It helps people commit to each other and I think it is right that gay people should be able to get married too. This is, yes, about equality. But it is also about making our society stronger. I know there are strong views on both side of the argument - I accept that. But I think this is an important step forward for our country." REPORTER ASKING: "It's a divisive issue for your party. You have spoken out strongly for it, many others, as you say, is against it. Some would say you have kept quiet today. Why speak out now?" "I have been very vocal in support of this. I have said that I thought marriage is a great institution and it should be there for people who are gay as well as those who aren't. That' why I have pioneered this change. I think it's important for our country, important for our society. Yes it's about equality, but it's also about a stronger society. I am a big believer in marriage. It helps people commit to each other and I think gay people should be able to get married too. And in the end, that's what it is about, saying this is a great institution. Don't stop gay people getting married. Allow them to do that and society will be stronger as a result. I respect the opinion of others but this is a good step forward for our country and I am proud this government is taking it." Video Courtesy Of Reuters