Some Tories say the move will harm their 2015 general election prospects.
How Will The Voting Go?
- The majority of the 57 Liberal Democrat MPs are expected to back the plans.
- The majority of Labour MPs are also expected to vote in favour, although around 20 may vote against or abstain
- The Conservative Party is expected to split three ways
Outside the Westminster bubble there is much broader support. Liz Bramley, The Co-operative’s Head of Engagement & Diversity commented, “The Co-operative’s values of equity, equality and social responsibility are part of our heritage, and drive our vision of building a better society. We were therefore delighted to have an opportunity to respond to the government’s consultation on the issue of equal civil marriage (England and Wales), and we submitted an online response in support of the proposals. We not only recognise and embrace the diversity of our employee populations; we are continually working to create and maintain inclusive team cultures which harness the diverse talents and experiences of our colleagues in a common endeavour to serve customers in the diverse communities where we trade.”
Around The World
In July 2010 Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage. Mexico City had been the only place in the region where same-sex marriage was allowed previously.
In June 2012 Denmark became the 11th country to approve same-sex marriage - 23 years after it became the first country in the world to recognise gay civil partnerships.