Britain is close to making gay marriage fully legal, now that a marriage equality bill has passed the House of Commons. Members of Parliament (MPs) voted for the measure 400 to 175 after a full day of debate.
Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party called the outcome "an important step forward." Conservative votes "were split roughly 50/50" on the bill according to the Daily Beast's Justin Green.
Green, a conservative analyst, sees the British vote as a sign of things to come in America. And conservatives should embrace the trend towards gay marriage, not resist it. "We can continue a fight against relative inevitability," he writes, "or we can focus efforts on protecting freedom of conscience and religious liberty. There's still time for conservatives to coopt this issue as part of a broader agenda for promoting family values. But rest assured, if we wait too long, that opportunity will pass."