MPs tonight voted to make same-sex marriage and abortion legal in Northern Ireland - despite fury that they are 'driving a coach and horses' through the devolution settlement. By a margin of to 73 the Commons backed an amendment demanding the province be brought into line with the rest of the UK by October 21 - unless Stormont returns and decides otherwise. The House also endorsed a move to liberalise abortion laws by to 99 in another crucial vote. The dramatic results came after MPs 'hijacked' a government Bill in a bid to force the changes in Northern Ireland. Tory MPs had been given a free vote as they are regarded as issues of conscience. After the success of the amendment pushed by Labour MP Conor McGinn, ministers will be obliged to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland by October 21 if a new Stormont Executive has not been formed.
Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States
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Gay marriage remains a controversial matter in some regions of the world. The Netherlands was the first nation to institute a law recognizing the marriage between same-sex couples. Other countries followed suit, most of which are in Europe. Polls show that support for the legal recognition of gay marriage is increasing in Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Taiwan recently made history as the first Asian country to recognize gay marriage. Different opinion polls rank the following countries as the most accepting of gay marriages:. Numerous countries in Europe have legalized gay marriage.
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The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats has said that gay couples are likely to gain full rights to marriage under the current Parliament. This would represent a revolution for gay rights, but there is still a long way to go before same-sex couples achieve full rights to marriage as they are arguably entitled to under human rights law. He said "I don't know the answer because we haven't had the discussion", but that "I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn't all be able to support what Nick Clegg said, which is that it would be appropriate in Britain in for there to be the ability to have civil marriage for straight people and gay people equally. If Mr Hughes' prediction is correct and the right to marry was granted to same-sex couples, it would represent the end of a long and tortuous road for campaigners.
A vote in the New Zealand parliament to legalise gay marriage is greeted with cheers and singing from campaigners in the public gallery. The public gallery was packed as MPs voted by 77 to 44 in favour of the bill, after party leaders encouraged MPs to vote on their consciences rather than on party lines. New Zealand is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to pass such a measure. The bill, which is expected to come into effect in August, makes New Zealand the 13th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriages.