UK Marriage Equality Bill Survives Report Stage in House of Lords

Jim Burroway

July 10th, 2013

The British House of Lords concluded its examination of the  Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at the Report Stage, and has scheduled the bill for its Third (and final) Reading on July 15. The Lords turned back several key amendments which would have either wrecked the bill altogether or delayed its implementation. 

One “wrecking” amendment which would have created a two-teir marriage law, was withdrawn earlier in the day. Another set of amendments, proposed by Lord Indarjit Singh of Wimbledon would have required that the entire bill be put to voters in England and Wales in an October referendum before it can take effect. After intense debate, during which Lord Singh cited the discredited Regnerus study, he eventually withdrew the amendment before it was called for a vote. And another set of  proposed amendments from Baroness Ruth Deech would have extend all tax and other benefits of civil partnerships to all care givers and family members who share a house. Those amendments were soundly defeated in a 267-89 vote.

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