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British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

BY SYLVIA HUI, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON -- British lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriages.

The government-proposed bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided that the religious institution consents.

In a first House of Commons vote on Tuesday, lawmakers voted 400 to 175 in support of the legislation. More votes are expected.

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