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BREAKING NEWS: House of Commons votes on marriage-equality bill

LONDON – The House of Commons, the lower branch of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, conducted a lengthy debate on marriage equality in a historic gathering today in Britain’s hallowed hall of government.

This was the second of three readings of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill. The House debated the whole principle of the bill, and the usual arguments for and against marriage equality were brought up.

After hours of debate, the House of Commons voted 400-175 to approve the marriage bill.

The bill would guarantee civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples, and provide religious exemptions for faiths that chose not to offer ceremonies. In addition, the bill would allow gay and lesbian couples who have entered into civil unions the chance to convert their partnership to a marriage. Also, the bill would give legal recognition to married transgender people in their gender identity.

The Guardian is running a live blog that is also very informative. Click HERE to read the blog written by Andrew Sparrow.

Since this is a breaking-news story, please continue to refresh this story as San Diego Gay & Lesbian News monitors the situation today.