U.K.: House Of Commons To Give Final Approval To Marriage Equality By End Of Night
Updated Tuesday, 2:20 p.m. PST
As predicted marriage equality has passed in the UK's House of Commons!
"The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon will be given Royal Assent to become law.
Conservative MP David Burrowes had tabled an amendment and was today once again accused of trying to delay implementation of the bill. Pro-equal marriage MPs padded out their speeches so that Mr Burrowes could not propose his amendment.
The amendment he tabled sought to force the government to hold individual public consultations for changes to secondary legislation.
This process was used from time to time on other laws, such as the Digital Economy Act 2010, but it was not proposed for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
The equal marriage bill was passed in the House of Commons, and as all amendments added in the House of Lords were accepted, it will not be required to go back to the Lords."
Congrats, UK gays!!! Now we just need a signature from the Queen!!
The House of Commons is expected to sail through its formal reading of marriage equality legislation approved by the House of Lords on Monday by the end of the night.
MPs will debate amendments made to the legislation in the upper house on Tuesday evening, but this is expected to be little more than a formality and is unlikely to delay its progress into law, with royal assent within the next few days.
The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, told campaigners celebrating outside parliament that the new law would ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people felt "recognised and valued, not excluded".
And the gay Labour peer Lord Alli told fellow members of the second chamber – some of them sporting pink carnations: "My life and many others will be better today than it was yesterday."
The first marriages of same-sex couples will take place in England and Wales next summer.