The House of Lords in England has rejected a motion today that would have derailed the government’s same-sex marriage legislation, moving it closer to becoming law, the BBC and others are reporting.
Peers were allowed a free vote on the amendment, tabled by crossbench peer Lord Dear, which would effectively have wrecked the government’s plans. It was defeated by 390 votes to 148. Shortly afterwards, the bill was given a second reading without a vote taking place and will now go forward to more detailed scrutiny by peers. The result was greeted with cheers from supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside Parliament.
Bravo for the House of Lords. Common sense has prevailed. Now, let’s see it move forward so that all same-sex couples will have equality with heterosexual couples.