Tuesday, February 5, 2013

England gets ready to move one step closer to gay marriage

Update: The bill passed the House of Commons: 400 to 175. Way to go UK!


Full story here.


Photo credit: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/clegg-lays-down-law-to-cameron-on-gay-rights-1866116.html

Tuesday's reading will be the first opportunity for lawmakers in the House of Commons to debate the bill in detail.

The legislation must go through several more stages, including approval in the House of Lords, before it can become law.

As drafted, the bill would enable religious organizations to choose to conduct same-sex marriages if they wish -- but includes provisions intended to make sure no religious organization or person is forced to do so.

The Church of England is among the religious bodies opposed to the legislation.

The bill would also allow same-sex couples to convert a civil partnership to a marriage and enable married transsexual people to gain legal recognition in their acquired gender without having to end their marriage.

A law recognizing civil partnerships in England and Wales was passed in 2004.




Update: The bill passed the House of Commons: 400 to 175. Way to go UK!

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