UK parliament pushes gay marriage & abortion on N. Ireland

The British parliament voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland – a vote that will take effect only if the region’s own legislature is not functional by Oct. 21. British MPs voted 383-73 July 9 to add same-sex marriage as an amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill. The vote liberalizing abortion in the region passed by a vote of 332 to 99.