Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes in House of Commons
Via the BBC: Gay marriage: MPs back legislation
The Commons voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day’s debate on the bill.
Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as "an important step forward" that strengthens society.
About 140 Conservative MPs are thought to have voted against the plans.
While it appears that more Conservative MPs may have voted against than for the bill, that the government is a coalition of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats and that the bill could not have made it to a vote without the agreement of the Conservative Prime Minister and his cabinet (although it looks to me that it would not have come to vote had the LDs not been in the cabinet).
MPs were given a free vote on the bill, meaning they were not ordered to vote a particular way by party whips.