Britain's gay marriage bill finally vaulted its last major hurdle. It passed its final reading in the House of Lords, prompting celebrations from campaigners outside the Houses of Parliament.
Pink carnations were the flower of the day for supporters of the bill in the Upper House as the Lords agreed to return it to the House of Commons. Lawmakers will review proposed amendments before it finally passes into law. Further hitches are not anticipated, 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, predictably divided on the issue, is barred from offering same-sex ceremonies.
Though the debate between the conservative and religeous right and the liberal left has been long and acrimonious, the passage to legislation has proved relatively smooth. Some creit must go to coalition leaders, Cameron and Clegg, who strongly advocated the change and generated a cross-party consensus.
It is expected that the Queen will give her assent to this quite radical piece of social legislation by the end of this week. It opens the way for the first legally recognised same-sex weddings to take place in England and Wales by next summer. The longstanding concept of marriage as being solely between a man and a woman now nears its end.
Lustralboy says "Hooray!"
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