Britain approves gay marriage bill

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FILE- In this Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 file photo, Henry Edmont Cane, left,  and partner Christopher Patrick Flanaghan  kiss outisde Belfast, City Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Dec. 19, 2005.  The couple became the first male couple to  win legal recognition for their partnership under a new  British civil partnership law.  Prime Minister David Cameron and senior British officials threw their weight behind gay marriage Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013,  reiterating their support of a proposed bill hours ahead of a key Parliament vote on the divisive topic.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

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A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Britain cleared a major hurdle Feb. 5, as lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposals championed by British Prime Minister David Cameron, a move critics say is not a priority for the public and unnecessarily divisive.

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