The British Parliament soon will debate a bill introduced in the House of Commons on Jan. 24 that would legalize civil same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
MPs will debate the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill on Feb. 5.
The measure, which allows religious institutions to opt in or out of officiating at gay weddings or sanctioning same-sex marriages, has the support of the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats but, according to the BBC, the Conservative Party is divided. MPs, however, will get a free vote on the bill.
The Scottish government also is considering legalizing gay marriage.