Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Britain Set To Legalize Marriage Equality

Rule, Britannia:

Britain’s gay marriage bill has cleared its last major hurdle, passing through the House of Lords and prompting celebrations from campaigners outside Parliament.

Supporters of the bill in Parliament’s upper house wore pink carnations Monday as the Lords agreed to send it back to the House of Commons, where lawmakers will review government amendments before it becomes law.

That is expected to go without a hitch, as the House of Commons earlier passed the bill 390 to 148.

The bill will enable gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, though the Church of England, which is divided on the issue, is barred from offering same-sex ceremonies.

Currently, same-sex couples can form civil partnerships, which carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage.

It is altogether fitting and proper that the nation that has given us some of the greatest queens in history should take this step.  [Rimshot]

Seriously, though; congratulations, Great Britain.

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  1. I’m sure Elizabeth (I and II and Queen Mum as well), Anne, Mary (of Orange), James I, Richard I, Edward II and William II would all approve.

    Victoria might be a bit put out, though…

    FYI the House of Lords, while not especially friendly to SSM until recently, has proven overall far more tolerant over the years than the Commons (especially under Thatcher and Major). Figures, though, that it took Cameron’s government to make it law.

      • True – but Victoria believed that because she couldn’t imagine same-sex attraction between women (men, however, she apparently had no trouble visualizing). So she would have been opposed to SSM for men on moral grounds, and opposed to SSM for women because of a perceived lack of need.

        OTOH, I can’t help thinking that her perspective would’ve been coloured by Albert’s more stringent moral code than her own principles: he was far more socially conservative than she.

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