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House of Lords gives final approval to marriage equality bill

Marriage equality

By Jacob Combs

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The U.K. House of Lords yesterday approved Prime Minister David Cameron’s measure to allow same-sex couples to marry.  The bill will return to the House of Commons, which already passed the bill, for a final, procedural vote.  From Bloomberg’s report yesterday:

The upper, unelected chamber approved the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill without a vote in London today. Some members of the house wore pink carnations to mark the occasion.

The legislation has already been passed by the Commons amid opposition from more than 100 lawmakers from Cameron’s Conservative Party. The bill will now return to the Commons, where amendments introduced by the Lords will be considered. If they’re accepted, the bill will be sent to Queen Elizabeth II for her signature before becoming law.

All of the amendments that the House of Commons will consider are friendly amendments supported by the government.  Anti-gay members of parliament plan to introduce–yet again–a so-called ‘wrecking amendment,’ which is virtually guaranteed to fail.

After the Commons vote, the measure will go to Queen Elizabeth II for her approval, which is called royal assent, and is essentially a ceremonial step.  When the bill goes into effect, likely early next week, it will apply only to England and Wales.


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