"BRITISH MPs have voted in favour of legislation allowing gay marriage despite a split in Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party.
Members of parliament voted by 400 to 175 to approve the draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales.
In a late intervention just two hours before MPs voted, Cameron made a televised statement to say the move was about "making our society stronger".
But Conservative opponents to the bill had spoken out angrily in the debate before the vote, arguing that they undermined marriage and could damage the party's prospects at the next general election in 2015." (dailytelegraph.com.au)