Category - marriage equality

  • November 20, 2013

    This evening the Scottish Parliament passed the first reading of the Marriage Equality Bill by 98 votes to 15, with five abstentions.

  • June 27, 2013

    The US Supreme Court has struck down provision in a law that restricted access to federal funds for those in same-sex marriages.

  • June 14, 2013

    As a law to allow equal marriage in England and Wales reaches committee stage in the House of Lords, those most strongly opposed are still trying to weaken or block it. Despite large majorities for the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill in the Lords and earlier House of Commons, some peers have put forward amendments which would delay or undermine marriage equality.

  • June 6, 2013

    Church of England bishops have given up trying to block equal marriage in England and Wales. Though several spoke and voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords, this bid was heavily defeated. Many church members, including some bishops, support marriage equality, though others are strongly opposed.

  • June 5, 2013

    The CEO of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is "delighted that love and justice have won the day" in the latest vote on equal marriage.

  • June 4, 2013

    The House of Lords has backed a Bill to allow same-sex couples in England and Wales to marry, by 390 votes to 148. After a long debate in which Christians argued for and against the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill, a bid by opponents to block a second reading was heavily defeated.

  • June 4, 2013

    Quakers in Britain have welcomed the move to pass the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at Second Reading in the House of Lords.

  • June 4, 2013

    Members of the House of Lords have voted by more than two to one to back government plans for same-sex marriages in England and Wales.

  • June 4, 2013

    The highly important parliamentary discussion of marriage law and equality continues today (4 June 2013), and Ekklesia will be commenting further as details develop.

  • June 3, 2013

    Some Christian MPs strongly support marriage equality while others are strongly against it. In the UK and beyond, parliamentary debates on celebrating same-sex partnerships have revealed that – whatever top clerics or elders say – opinion within the churches is divided, says Savitri Hensman, reporting and commenting on the religious and theological views being expressed in parliament.