Marriage Equality passes House of Lords

The Telegraph reports that the marriage equality bill has passed its third reading in the House of Lords. It will return to the House of Commons on Tuesday for final approval of a few amendments:

The Queen is expected to be asked to give her approval to the Bill – one of the most radical pieces of social legislation of her reign – by the end of this week.

It opens the way for the first legally recognised same-sex weddings to take place in England and Wales by next summer and brings the centuries-old understanding of marriage as being solely between a man and a woman to an end.

Peers gave their assent to the third reading of the Government’s same-sex marriage bill without a formal vote after a short debate in the Lords, also backing plans for a review of pension arrangements for gay couples.

Unless MPs object to the bill at the eleventh hour during a short Commons debate set to take place on Tuesday, it is expected to receive royal assent within days.

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  1. tgflux

    one of the most radical pieces of social legislation of her reign – … brings the centuries-old understanding of marriage as being solely between a man and a woman to an end.

    ????

    Ah, yes, from the Tell-a-Lie. Their bog-standard pearl-clutching SPIN.

    JC Fisher

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