Croydon's MPs gave their backing to gay marriage proposals in parliament last night, with the Government's bill to receive its final Commons reading today. The Government's same-sex marriage bill is to receive a third and final Commons reading after surviving resistance from Tory opponents on Monday night. A proposal, which would have delayed the new law, to also allow straight couples to take up civil partnerships was defeated by 375 votes to 70. MPs instead backed a Labour plan to consult on civil partnership changes soon, rather than after five years. Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North, and Richard Ottaway, MP for Croydon South, were all among the majority. Gay couples could now marry in England and Wales as soon as summer 2014. While MPs gave their support in principle to gay marriage in February, proposed amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill are being discussed over two days with a third reading to take place later today. If approved, it is expected to face further opposition when it goes to the House of Lords on Wednesday.
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