UK House of Lords to Pass Gay Marriage Bill
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The upper chamber of the UK parliament, the House of Lords, met Monday and approved a bill that would make gay marriage legal throughout the UK, all without a vote.
United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, introduced the bill and is now being sent to the lower chamber for final approval where is could, but it is not expected to, be amended.
The Queen is expected to sign off on the bill within days once all levels of Parliament pass it.
“Their love is the same as anyone else’s love,” Cameron said in a message of support on Gay and Lesbian Pride day, according to the Associated Press. “I think this will enable them to stand that bit taller, be that bit more confident and I am proud of that.”
Members of Cameron’s conservative party have voiced disagreement against the bill. This is an issue that has divided the party for a number of years now.
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said that people would soon be asking: “What was all the fuss about?”
This is a valid question considering that a recent YouGov poll in the UK showed that support of gay marriage heavily outnumbers its opposition, 54 to 37.
Coalition For Marriage, a conservative group that says it supports “traditional marriage and opposes any plans to define it,” has spent a great deal of time and money in an effort to stop the change in law.
The C4F has gained a substantial following – almost 700,000 have signed their online petition – and they are expected to play a role, small or large, in the 2015 elections in the UK.
“Mr Cameron needs to remember that the Coalition for Marriage has nearly 700,000 supporters, nearly six times the number of members of the Conservative Party,” Said Colin Hard, C4M campaign director.
“They are just ordinary men and women, not part of the ruling elite. They are passionate, motivated and determined to fight on against a law that renders terms like husband and wife meaningless and threatens one of the foundations of the institution of marriage: fidelity and faithfulness.”
However, the opposition eventually saw that they were on the losing side of the debate, and some have stepped up to the acknowledge their loss. “I want to congratulate all those who have campaigned for this measure upon their success,” said Lord Cormack, one on the bills opponents and a former Tory MP.
Before this bill, gay couples in the UK could enter into a civil partnership, which is similar on many levels in terms of benefits to a civil marriage.
The House of Commons is expected to approve the bill by tomorrow and then send it on to the Queen.
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