LONDON (February 5, 2013)--British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriages.
The government-proposed bill would allow same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided that religious institutions consent.
In a first House of Commons vote on Tuesday, lawmakers voted 400 to 175 in support of the legislation.
More votes are expected.
Prime Minister David Cameron and many senior officials have championed the bill, but it has divided the ruling Conservative Party and faced stronger than expected opposition within its ranks.