Welsh MPs help pave the way for gay marriage
MPs from South West Wales helped pave the way for gay marriage after the House of Commons voted to legalise same-sex unions.
Geraint Davies in Swansea West and Sian James in Swansea East both backed the controversial Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which passed its second reading with a majority of 225.
Gower MP Martin Caton, Nia Griffith in Llanelli, Aberavon's Hywel Francis, Neath MP Peter Hain and Jonathan Edwards in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr also voted "yes".
However, the historic vote exposed deep divisions within the Conservative Party, with 136 Tory MPs, including Welsh Secretary David Jones, defying their party leader to oppose the move.
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Speaking during a five-hour debate, Geraint Davies said it was a "fundamental right of all people to have the opportunities and obligations of marriage, irrespective of whether it is between two people of the same sex or different sexes.''
But he warned MPs that because the legislation would not oblige the Church in Wales and Church of England to marry everyone, it would be "open to legal challenge in Strasbourg".