Scotland prepares for historic parliamentary vote on equal marriage

Scotland prepares for historic parliamentary vote on equal marriage – The Scottish Parliament will hold a crucial debate and vote on Scotland’s equal marriage legislation today. The Stage One vote on the country’s same-sex marriage bill is in many respects the most important vote because it will reveal for the first time whether a majority of MSPs supporting introducing equal marriage, or whether they will reject the bill.

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Same Sex Marriages Kick-off in NZ

Same sex couples can now marry in New Zealand. The same sex marriage law came in today and 31 couples are set to tie the knot. Except of course that New Zealand is ahead of us by 13 hours, so it is already legal and has been since 11 o’ clock this morning. Go figure.

Kerry Ditches DOMA and Welcomes Same Sex Couples to the US

Secretary of State John Kerry committed his administration to the ditching of the Defence of marriage Act in the USA and added that the laws on visas for the US would be changed to consider same sex married couples on the same grounds as opposite-sex married couples. Senator Kerry made the announcement in the US Embassy in London. He said: …

Same Sex Marriage: Teachers Can't Say No

An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have “protected” teachers from being forced to “endorse” equal marriage, has been defeated in a vote in the House of Lords. Amendment 46 was defeated in a vote at Report stage of the House of Lords by 163 to 32, as the debate around amendments went on into the …

Lord Alli: We've Still a Long Way To Go

Lord Alli has written to the Pink News expressing his pleasure at the majority vote to reject the same sex marriage wrecking bill in the House of Lords but warning that there is still a long way to go. Lord Waheed Alli, a gay Muslim elected to the Lords in 1998, said that despite changes, young people still faced homophobic …

72/28

The Lords rejected a wrecking amendment to the same sex marriage bill today – the 4th of June – by 72% to 28%

Lords Stretch It OUT

There will be a rally in favour of same sex marriage outside the House of Lords from 6pm, as peers vote on the same-sex marriage bill. The Christian fundamentalists will be there. Campaigners are asked to meet outside the The Lords is bracing itself for a second day debating same-sex marriage. Sixty four had spoken up till the adjournment at …

Trans Community Let Down in Same Sex marriage Vote

Trans campaigners feel let down by Government and LGB campaigners alike over the Same Sex Marriage Bill debate. Although the House of Commons passed the Bill on Tuesday it failed to accept the principle of compensating the victims of stolen marriages – where couples were forced to divorce if either husband or wife wanted their new gender to be recognised …

Marriage Bill Saved

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill has been passed in the Commons by 366 votes to 161. Mirroring its passage in New Zealand on April 17th, applause greeted the announcement by the Speaker John Bercow. The Bill was thought to be saved on Monday after Labour agreed to to support it and reject the Tim Loughton amendment to open civil partnerships to opposite …