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Gay marriage vote: all but one south west Hertfordshire MPs vote in favour
All but one of south west Hertfordshire’s MPs supported same-sex marriage in an historic vote in parliament last night.
Although still at an early stage, if the bill becomes law, it will mean same-sex couples can get married in both civil and religious ceremonies.
In December south west Hertfordshire's four Conservative MPs said which way they would vote in the bill.
However, Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, who represents Kings Langley, said he would vote against gay marriage as he believes the institution should remain exclusively for heterosexual couples.
MPs were given a "free vote" meaning they were not told which way to vote, and the second reading of the bill was supported by 400 votes to 175.
By backing the bill at its second reading, 400 MPs voted to move the debate on to more detailed scrutiny in parliament.
The issue has divided the Conservative party with almost half of the party, including two cabinet ministers, voting against the bill.
Mr Penning said although he had no problem with civil marriage, he was against same-sex marriage, and had not received a single letter from a constituent in support of the bill.