Dear Marriage supporter
The Prime Minister’s plans to redefine marriage suffered a serious blow tonight, as most Tory MPs failed to back his Bill to redefine marriage.
David Cameron had to rely on support from Labour and the Lib Dems to make sure the Bill progressed to the next stage.
The size of the Tory vote against the Prime Minister is a significant moment in the campaign to retain the real meaning of marriage.
Overall, MPs voted 400 to 175 in favour of allowing the Bill to move to committee stage in the Commons. The Bill will eventually pass to the Lords where the voting arithmetic is very different.
We are still at an early stage in the Parliamentary battle and there is all to play for. We shall continue vigorously to defend the real meaning of marriage.
Tonight’s vote is good news, and we shall keep the pressure on.
Coalition for Marriage