Comments: Marriage Bill: House of Lords Report stage

I must say it's been a long trek with the end finally in view.

The Bill is getting very significant majorities when tested - very similar to votes in the Commons around 2/3 or thereabouts.

Significant challenges have been seen off by thumping majorities that leave no doubt there is actually a majority in favour in the House of Lords.

Significantly we have had debates over opt outs for registrars (I very briefly dallied with this idea but thankfully recanted my error in time), protections for teachers, various types of 'protections' for people opposed to same sex marriage. I was very glad of the success in getting the government to agree to humanist ceremonies (big success). The government have made a range of relatively minor technical changes. Plus the adultery thing didn't really fly in spite of attempts to see if it would (extending adultery to cover all forms of sex - it was very tastefully done I must say and Baroness Stowell gave a truly wonderful exposition of what adultery is which I found quite enlightening).

Overall a good day. Only about a week to go before the bill is passed into law (we may have to wait a bit for Royal Assent).

Posted by Craig Nelson at Tuesday, 9 July 2013 at 11:53am BST
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