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UK House of Lords to Vote on Marriage Equality Bill: Watch LIVE


The UK House of Lords is having its second reading of the marriage equality bill today. The vote will be taken this evening, UK time. Debate should resume on the marriage bill at approximately 10 am ET.

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The Guardian's live blog reports:

Peers will vote on the gay marriage bill this evening. They started a two-day debate on it yesterday and, by the time the Lords rose at 10.45pm, 64 peers had already spoken. Another 27 are due to contribute to the debate this afternoon. There have been claims that the vote is “too close to call”, although, without having tried to do a count myself, I’m sceptical. It is very unusual for the Lords to even have a vote at second reading and for peers to vote down a government bill at this point is exceedingly rare. Most peers accept that, because they are not elected, their right to challenge the House of Commons is limited and that they are primarily a revising chamber. The marriage (same sex couples) bill (to give it its formal title) had a large majority in the Commons and yesterday some peers opposed to gay marriage said they would not be voting against it today because instead they wanted to concentrate on trying to amend the bill. Still, the vote will mark an important moment in the passage of epochal legislation through parliament.


The Lords will vote on Tuesday night on a wrecking amendment to stop the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. If passed, the motion would give David Cameron another headache as it would embolden Tory MPs who oppose the Bill if he pressed ahead with it.

Some peers believe the result is too close to call. But Cameron aides expressed confidence that the wrecking move would be defeated and refused to speculate about the Prime Minister's actions if it succeeded.

The BBC reports here on the first day's activities.

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  1. Twits.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 4, 2013 8:17:57 AM

  2. My sugar walls
    My sugar walls

    Where I came from there's a place called heaven
    That's the place where all the good children go
    The houses are of silver, the streets are gold
    But there's more where you come from, my sugar walls

    (My sugar walls) oooh (my sugar walls)

    Blood races to your private spots, lets me know there's a fire
    You can't fight passion when passion is hot
    Temperatures rise inside my sugar walls

    Posted by: Miss Sheena Easton | Jun 4, 2013 8:19:15 AM

  3. What an archaic legislative body! It would be like giving the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or some other group with historic ties the final say over laws in the US.

    Though now I think about it, they might end up being the voice of reason compared to some of the Jesus-obsessed hillbillies elected to the House of Representatives!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 4, 2013 8:40:16 AM

  4. The Lords are just putting on a show. Some play good guys while others play bad guys to show they are "independent". At the end of the day, the bill will pass. Unless they want to lose their jobs they don't really need.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 4, 2013 8:41:16 AM

  5. As one of the Lords stated, he doesn't agree with the bill on religious grounds and he will abstain. It seems to be the best choice for them to avoid collision with the Commons.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 4, 2013 9:43:20 AM

  6. His Lordship who is speaking now said that marriage and civil partnership are like two parallel lines. They should be separate and never meet. Judging from his age, he learned only Euclidean geometry in school. He may never have heard of non-Euclidean geometry and general relativity.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 4, 2013 11:27:58 AM

  7. The quorum rules for the HOL are so strange that passage can be assured even when the place is seemingly shut down. It mainly functions as a repository for retired politicians and their campaign donors.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 4, 2013 1:13:36 PM

  8. Supporters of gay marriage have won by 148 votes to 390 - a majority of 242.

    Posted by: George Deeming | Jun 4, 2013 1:57:03 PM

  9. Considering they have been trying to abolish the Lords for over a hundred years it seems to be going strong as ever. Like The Queen. Sixty years on the thrown. England forever England. Now with Gay Marriage thrown in.

    Posted by: Keith | Jun 4, 2013 7:17:41 PM

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