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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passes Lords Second Reading

June 4, 2013 11:40 PM
Lynne Featherstone, Sal Brinton, Liz Barker and Judith Jolly with Adrian Trett and Ed Fordham of LGBT+ Lib Dems and Linda Jack

Lib Dem MP, Peers and campaigners outside Parliament

Today, the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill passed Second Reading in the Lords after a wrecking amendment from Lord Dear was defeated. The news was celebrated by Lib Dem campaigners and parliamentarians, and LGBT+ Lib Dems activists who helped organise a peaceful, nonpartisan vigil outside the Lords on both Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Adrian Trett, chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, said "We were honoured on Monday evening to have so many Parliamentarians and campaigners both address and listen to the crowd, making and listening to fantastic arguments in support of equal marriage - personal stories of love denied equal treatment in law. The supportive arguments inside the Lords were equally a pleasure to hear, as was the way they both outnumbered and were more compassionate and reasoned than the opposition. It is a shame that we still hear the same bigoted arguments made in opposition, but I am pleased that they are so much in the minority now."

Exec member Dave Page added, "On Tuesday we had a noisy vigil with flags and vuvuzelas and supporters from a wide variety of political backgrounds, including Peter Tatchell and his foundation. Many Peers let us know that our Stonewall-led chanting could be heard inside the House. The passion and enthusiasm on display was as breathtaking as it was deafening. Many congratulations to our vice-chair Ed Fordham for his hard work making sure that the public display of support matched the postal and e-mail lobbying campaign organised by Out4Marriage."

Moving on from this, LGBT+ Lib Dems will be encouraging positive, revising amendments to the Bill to bring it closer to Lib Dem policy before the Third Reading.