Comments: Update on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Thanks Simon for posting these links. The proposed amendments are quite modest. The leaders of the anti-SSM MPs, acting as a group, have tabled a set of amendments calling for greater protection for religious objectors in various roles, including as civil registrars. (The govt will certainly resist the one on registrars). They also table an amendment calling for the act not to be implemented unless a referendum is held first and the people vote Yes.

On the other side, the main amendment is one calling for humanist ceremonies to be recognised, as they are in Scotland.

Posted by Iain McLean at Friday, 10 May 2013 at 9:47am BST

From the very own lips of those who are opposed to Same Sex Marriage it has been confirmed that the majority of the British Society are not worried about Gay Marriage. Those worried and promoting a hate filled propaganda are the religious fanatics and their politician allies, all of them added together are a tiny minority of the British population. As a British citizen, what I hear people mostly worried about is the Economy and controlling Immigration. If you ask me a migrant , I will tell you that I don't think Britain is full for anyone to suggest closing the borders, but I do think the Government should do more to create jobs and force the lazy spongers to work and earn their living.

Posted by Davis Mac-Iyalla at Friday, 10 May 2013 at 12:25pm BST

Opening civil marriage to same-sex couples does not redefine marriage any more than allowing mixed-race couples to marry did. Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay--as well as 11 states and the District of Columbia in the United States--have already opened marriage to all couples regardless of the legal sex of the spouses. It is time England modernized. To think that England used to lead the world in legal matters.

Gary Paul Gilbert

Posted by Gary Paul Gilbert at Monday, 13 May 2013 at 10:47pm BST
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