Gay Marriage Bill Splits Parliament

    British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the Global Investment Conference in London on May 9, 2013. Cameron lashed out at "pessimists" in his own party demanding immediate withdrawal from the European Union as he made an address at a global investment conference in central London.   AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEFAN ROUSSEAU        (Photo credit should read STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Look, Britain, if France can pass gay marriage, so can you. Prime Minister David Cameron faces a rebellion in his own party on Monday as up to 150 Conservative M.P.s threatened to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage—forcing Cameron to issue grave warnings across the aisle for support. The bill is being tabled by a former Tory minister, Tim Loughton, who opposes gay marriage, and instead has proposed an amendment that would allow for civil unions. Loughton has waged a public battle for his own amendment, claiming—without any real facts to back him up—that same-sex marriage will cost the taxpayers £4 billion in new “survivors” pensions. Labor leader Ed Milibrand could end up the real kingmaker of the bill—and he could gain some real political capital.

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