By an overwhelming majority, the British House of Commons passed a bill that legalizes gay marriage. The bill is expected to become law because it is supported by Prime Minister David Cameron.
The House passed the bill with a vote of 400 to 175.
"Same-sex civil partnerships have been allowed in the U.K. for eight years. One of the more high-profile unions is between musician Elton John and his Canadian partner, David Furnish.
"The bill would allow same-sex couples to get married in a town hall or a church, but would exclude clergy in the Church of England the country's official faith from having to carry out the ceremonies.
"The bill allows for other religious groups that wish to conduct same-sex ceremonies such as Quakers and liberal Jews to do so if their governing bodies approve."
The BBC reports that Cameron described the move as "an important step forward."
The chief executive of Stonewall, an LGBT rights group, said in a statement that they anticipate a tough battle in the House of Lords.
"Happily, the size of the Commons majority seen tonight much larger than for most normal Government business will make it very difficult for peers to suggest that the Bill should be rejected," Ben Summerskill said.