Gay marriage: Leicestershire MPs vote as bill is approved
MPs approved same-sex marriage in England and Wales in a Commons vote last night, despite the opposition of nearly half the Conservative MPs.
The Commons voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day's debate on the bill.
MPs in Leicestershire and Rutland MPs were split with five voting for and five against the Bill.
Local MPs who voted for the Bill were: Jon Ashworth, Labour (Leicester South); Elizabeth Kendall, Labour (Leicester West); Keith Vaz, Labour (Leicester East); Alan Duncan, Conservative (Rutland & Melton); Stephen Dorrell,Conservative (Charnwood).
Those voting against were: David Tredinnick, Conservative (Bosworth); Edward Garnier, Conservative (Harborough); Nicky Morgan, Conservative (Loughborough); Andrew Robathan, Conservative (Leicestershire South); Andrew Bridgen, Conservative (Leicestershire North West).
Prime Minister David Cameron said the move was "an important step forward".
Commenting on the result on Twitter he said: “Strong views exist on both sides but I believe MPs voting for gay people being able to marry too, is a step forward for our country.”
More Tories voted against the bill (136) than for it (127) while a further 40 either did not vote or abstained.