In brief: Gay marriage wins support in Britain
London – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Britain cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, as lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposals championed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
The vote in the House of Commons – 400 to 175 in support of the proposed legislation – will be followed by more detailed parliamentary debates. The proposals also require the approval of the House of Lords before they become law.
The process could take months, but if approved, the bill is expected to take effect in 2015 and enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies.
Poland gets blame for ‘horseburger’
Dublin – The Irish meat company at the center of Europe’s “horseburger” scandal on Tuesday blamed the contamination of its hamburger patties on the purchase last year of 170 tons of meat imported from Poland.
As Ireland struggled to contain the damage to its reputation as Europe’s top beef exporter, the ABP Food Group shed new light on how burgers made partly of horse ended up on British and Irish supermarket shelves.
Ireland’s biggest beef company said it purchased the Polish meat last year marked as “beef” from an Irish meat trader, McAdam Food Products, and the product was used by its Silvercrest food processing facility to make frozen beef burgers sold across Britain and Ireland.
Confirmation of the scale of ABP’s Polish purchases came hours after Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny vowed that Ireland would pinpoint the source of the horsemeat.