03:02AM, Wednesday 06 February 2013
Maidenhead MP Theresa May has said the House of Commons vote in support of gay marriage is an 'important step in strengthening the institution'.
Earlier this week the Home Secretary and cabinet ministers George Osborne and William Hague wrote an open letter to a national newspaper urging their party's MPs to back the bill, claiming it was the 'right thing to do at the right time'.
MPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of passing the bill by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, in the House of Commons vote yesterday.
The Marriage Bill will enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies.
She said: "I am pleased that the House of Commons voted in favour of allowing same-sex marriage.
"This vote recognises the importance of commitment.
"It is important that watertight protections are in place to protect religious freedom, and I welcome the Government’s absolute commitment that no religious organisation could be forced to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples."
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