Same-sex marriage one step closer to legalization in Britain

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Britain took the first big step toward legalizing same-sex marriage Tuesday, when lawmakers in the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation allowing the unions. According to the  Associated Press, the next step will see the bill put up for debate in Parliament, before requiring approval from the House of Lords.

If the bill becomes law, it will take effect in 2015, and will allow same-sex couples to be married in civil and religious ceremonies. However, officials are making a point that churches would make the final decision of whether or not they hold the ceremonies. The country's official faith, the Church of England, would not be able to perform same-sex marriages.

Currently, only civil unions are offered for same-sex couples in the U.K. However, like in the United States, supporters of the bill say homosexual relationships should be treated the same as heterosexual ones. The opponents sing a familiar tune as well, claiming that marriage is, and always has been, between a man and a woman.
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