“Tonight, people from all political parties have joined together and voted for equality. In doing so they have strengthened the institution of marriage.
“Supporting equality is not always easy. The last Labour Government introduced civil partnerships in the face of considerable opposition. It was the right thing to do back then and allowing same sex couples equal recognition through marriage is the the right thing to do now.
“To all those MPs who stood up for equality tonight, I say ‘thank you!’.”