Another one bites the dust. But we remain one with the defenders of traditional marriage in the United Kingdom as they continue the fight, for the battle is not over.
On February 5, Tuesday night, the British House of Commons has voted to give legal recognition to same-sex marriages. By a vote of 400- 175, the House of Commons approved the measure that had been enthusiastically championed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Although he won a signal victory with the February 5 vote, Cameron divided his Conservative party. Of the 302 Conservative members of the House of Commons, only 132 voted to allow same-sex marriage; 140 voted against the measure, while the remainder abstained. The bill will now go to the House of Lords. Cameron has said that he hopes to see the bill enacted into law within a matter of weeks.
In the six-hour debate, Tory MP Roger Gale summed up the position of those opposed to the change, saying it had nothing to do with “equality” but with the objective reality of marriage.
“It is not possible to redefine marriage,” Gale said. “Marriage is the union between a man and a woman, has been historically, remains so. It is Alice in Wonderland territory, Orwellian almost, for any Government of any political persuasion to seek to come along and try to re-write the lexicon. It will not do.”
Another backbench Tory MP, Tim Loughton, said, “Who are we, this government or this country, to redefine the term marriage that has meant one man and one woman across cultures, across ages, across geographical barriers since before state and religion themselves?”