The bill was a second reading, but must still survive a vote in the House of Commons and House of Lords. In a letter to the Telegraph, conservative leaders said legalizing same-sex marriage was "the right thing to do".
As written, the law allows religious organizations to opt out of performing same-sex ceremonies and protects them from discrimination lawsuits and grievances.
Civil partnerships are already legal in England, but the new measure would convert those to full claims of marriage. It also permits trans individuals to adjust their existing marriages to fit their identified gender without getting a divorce.