English Parliament – ‘Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill’

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Hansard reports:

Bill Presented
Marriage (Same Sex Couples)

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Secretary Maria Miller, supported by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Theresa May, Secretary Michael Gove, Secretary Eric Pickles, Hugh Robertson, Lynne Featherstone, Mrs Helen Grant and Jo Swinson, presented a Bill to make provision for the marriage of same sex couples in England and Wales, about gender change by married persons and civil partners, about consular functions in relation to marriage, for the marriage of armed forces personnel overseas, and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 126) with explanatory notes (Bill 126-EN).

The Leader of the House of Commons announced that the Second Reading (first stage of actual debate) of the bill will take place on 5 February.

Some news reports and comment:

BBC Gay marriage: MPs set to vote on proposals for the first time and Gay marriage support growing says Tory MP Nick Herbert

Changing Attitude Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons and earlier The legal status of marriage and equal marriage in the Church of England

Ekklesia Religious groups welcome draft Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill


From the Comments appended to this report, it can be seen that there is likely to be wide-spread parliamentary support for this Bill – which will enable Same-Sex Couples the right to marry. Other provisions will cover such matters as the status of a trans-gender person who wishes to retain their right to live with their original marriage partner – despite their new same-gender situation.

If one can only understand that marriage is not solely for the purpose of procreation – and in today’s society this is no longer a given –  then there would seem to be no good reason why same-sex couples who love one another, and wish to spend the rest of their lives together in a faithful, monogamous relationship, under the law, should not be able to do so.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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