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UK Lords pass marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

July 15th, 2013

Bloomberg

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.

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Nathaniel
July 15th, 2013 | LINK

I have checked out a couple of news sites hoping someone could explain how it passed “without a vote” but haven’t seen it. Americans are ignoring that point while British sites seem to assume the point is self-expanatory. Could some please explain this little nuance of parliamentary government?

jutta
July 16th, 2013 | LINK

At Joe.my.god somebody explained it like this:

The Speaker then asks the House of Commons to “say aye”, or “naye”, and judges by the volume of voices whether to call a vote. If there’s no vocalised dissent, it would pass without a further vote.

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/07/britain-house-of-lords-approves.html#comment-963287014

Nathaniel
July 17th, 2013 | LINK

Ah. In my experience, that’s still a vote, but I guess they would like to distinguish it from a roll call. I was worried that this would be some sort of procedural bypass that may come back to haunt pro-equality Lords later, but that explanation makes it sound pretty legit. Thanks, jutta.

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