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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Hurdle In British Parliament

Prime Minister David Cameron says it's "an important step forward."

Posted on February 5, 2013, at 2:34 p.m. ET

In this 2005 file photo, Henry Edmont Cane, left, and partner Christopher Patrick Flanaghan kiss outisde Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland after becoming the first male couple to win legal recognition for their civil partnership.
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In this 2005 file photo, Henry Edmont Cane, left, and partner Christopher Patrick Flanaghan kiss outisde Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland after becoming the first male couple to win legal recognition for their civil partnership.

The bill was approved by a vote of 400-175. The Commons' backing is only the first step toward legalization, however. Parliament will continue to debate the measure.

MPs vote in favour of bill legalising gay marriage in England and Wales http://t.co/u060onT9

MPs vote in favour of bill legalising gay marriage in England and Wales http://t.co/u060onT9-- BBC Breaking News

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