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House of Lords: Report stage approaches for Marriage bill

Updated again Saturday morning

The Report stage in the House of Lords for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill starts on Monday 8 July and completes on Wednesday 10 July. (The General Synod meeting will be considering Women in the Episcopate on Monday.)

The current revised marshalled list of amendments is available here. Those in the name of Baroness Stowell are Government amendments. Of the 136 amendments listed, there is only one in the name of a Bishop (Leicester, amendment 95, details below the fold).

The most recent text of the bill to which the amendments are proposed is available here, and in PDF format here.

Amendment 95:

Insert the following new Clause—
Amendment of Education Act 1996
(1) Section 403 of the Education Act 1996 is amended as follows.

(2) After subsection (1B) insert—

“(1BA) Nothing in subsection (1B) prevents teaching the tenets of the
relevant religion or religious denomination concerning marriage
and its importance for family life and the bringing up of children to
registered pupils at schools which have a religious character.”

(3) After subsection (2) insert—

“(3) For the purposes of subsection (1BA)—
(a) a school has a religious character if it is designated as a
school having such a character by an order made by the
Secretary of State under section 69 of the School Standards
and Framework Act 1998 (“the 1998 Act”); and

(b) “the relevant religion or religious denomination” means the
religion or denomination specified in relation to the school
under section 69(4) of the 1998 Act.”

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