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British MP’s vote in favor of gay marriage

(Blogmensgo, February 8, 2013) The House of Commons has passed second reading a bill on gay marriage, February 5, 2013 by 400 votes against 175.

To see the full parliamentary debate, click here .

David Cameron officially supported the project, as the Liberal Democrats in power. The Prime Minister, however, did not give any instructions to vote. The Tories (Conservatives), remain deeply divided on the issue of gay marriage, held most votes hostile to the project.

The main provisions introduced by the legislation are:

  • Legalization of marriage between persons of the same sex.
  • Opportunity to transform its PACS (civil partnership) in marriage.
  • Possibility for transgender people get married for legal recognition of their new sexual identity without having to put an end to their marriage.
  • Opportunity for religious institutions to celebrate gay marriages without being required to do so.

The bill was presented and defended by Maria Miller, minister whose portfolio includes multiple Women and Equal Opportunities. The the "cons Minister" Yvette Cooper (his counterpart in the opposition) who presented before the opening of the debate itself, the arguments against gay marriage.

The text will now be sent for examination by the parliamentary committee of laws, which should make its copy by March 12, 2013. The House of Lords will seize then, before a possible final adoption by the Parliament before the summer.

MEPs vote folded after only nine hours of debate. It is true that the British population is rather favorable to gay marriage: 54% (against 38% who are hostile), according to a YouGov poll (results PDF ) conducted on 3 and 4 February 2013 with 1712 adults. Membership is greater as the Anglican Church had already obtained not to be compelled to solemnize same-sex unions.

Comment. The lower house of the British Parliament has not imitated sad farce of French deputies, quicker to pronounce the names of birds and innuendo that stinking elevate the debate and decide calmly on gay marriage.

Membership of the British people on this subject - despite an obvious divide among Tories - seems undervalued by the YouGov poll, the question is, what is the least we can say, very focused.

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via any media, French, Azerbaijani, Kanak and extraterrestrial 5 and 6 February 2013)

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