International news giant Thomson Reuters, which runs the Reuters news agency, has expressed its support for the UK Government’s plans to redefine marriage.
In a blog post, the company praised the recent vote in the House of Commons in favour of the same-sex marriage Bill.
It said: “Thomson Reuters applauds the latest passage of the Bill and encourages its completion through the legislative process.”
“By voicing our endorsement of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, we continue to demonstrate our active support for equal opportunities for all our staff and all government legislation that promotes equality.”
Reuters is one of the world’s major sources of news coverage.
Currently the Bill to redefine marriage is being scrutinised by a committee of MPs.
It will then be voted on again in the House of Commons, before it is looked at in the House of Lords.
Thompson Reuters said supporting gay marriage “is consistent with our diversity and inclusion policies and agenda, and positions us well in the eyes of our people – current and prospective – as well as the LGBT community”.
The proposals have caused major divisions within the Conservative Party.
More Tory MPs voted against than for the proposals at Second Reading in the House of Commons.
And several Tory councillors have resigned in recent weeks over the issue.