Tuesday, July 16, 2013

With Approval By Lords, Britain Moves Close To Final Approval of Same Sex Marriage Bill

The Telegraph reports that in Britain yesterday the House of Lords approved the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.  The transcript of all the House of Lords debates on the bill, along with links to other information on it, are available on Parliament's website.  The bill passed the House of Commons in May. (Report on House of Commons debates.)  The bill now goes back to Commons for approval of amendments that were made in the House of Lords. According to The Telegraph, unless unexpected objections arise in Commons, it is expected that the bill will receive Royal Assent within days, opening the way for the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales by next summer.