On Monday, the House of Lords, the unelected upper chamber of the British Parliament, approved a bill which seeks to make Britain the 15th nation to legalize gay marriage.
The measure now heads back to the House of Commons to reconcile amendments between the two chambers.
According to Bloomberg, the upper house approved the bill without a vote. Last month, the chamber defeated an amendment aimed at derailing the project. The “wrecking amendment,” as it has been dubbed by the media, sought to allow straight couples to enter civil partnerships. Opponents were disappointed by the meager support the amendment received.
The measure has already cleared two readings in the Commons; one held in February, the second in May.
If the Commons approves amendments introduced by the Lords, the bill will be sent to Queen Elizabeth II for her signature.
According to a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, 54 percent of Britons favor marriage equality.
Nine other European nations allow gay couples to marry, the latest being France.