Coalition for Marriage

Gay marriage clears the House of Lords

It looks like the UK will be the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage.

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.? Read more »

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