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BRITAIN: House Of Commons Set To Approve Gay Marriage Bill Today
UPDATE: Bill Passes By 366-161 Vote!!!

Via the Telegraph:
The legalisation of gay marriage is poised to be approved by MPs today after surviving a Tory backbench bid to derail it. The Coalition avoided embarrassment after a last-minute deal with Labour to save the bill. Some 56 Conservative backbenchers - half the number predicted - backed a backbencher's amendment the Government warned could fatally delay the reform.

Eight Labour MPs, three Liberal Democrats and three SDLP members joined the Tory critics in the voting lobbies. But the move to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples was easily defeated in a free vote by a large majority of 370. If, as expected, it clears its final stages in the Commons today, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill still faces stiff resistance in the House of Lords.
The final debate is taking place right now. Watch it live.

UPDATE: The vote result is coming any minute.

UPDATE II: The bill has PASSED by a 366-161 vote. On to the House Of Lords. 

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