Gay marriage vote: Peers defeat gay marriage block

Peers have voted to reject a so-called 'wrecking amendment' to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, moving it a step closer to becoming law.

The House of Lords voted by 390 to 148 to reject the amendment, clearing the way for the bill to have a second reading.

The government wants same-sex marriages - which were approved by MPs last month - to be available to gay couples in England and Wales by next summer.

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