366 yes v 161 no, It's off to the Lords we go!
Publish Date: 22/05/2013
A Historic Day
Last night saw MP's vote ovewhelmingly in favour for same sex marriage, with a majority of 205. Despite negative comments by some, MPs rejected a wrecking amendment - by 375 votes to 70 - during the Bill’s Report Stage in the House of Commons on 20 May.
What does this mean?
The Bill will extend the legal form of marriage to lesbian, gay and bisexual people and permit religious denominations to celebrate such marriages should they wish, and by opting in.
It now heads to the House of Lords for debate in June. It will follow a similar process to that of the House of Commons involving a first and second reading, a Committee Stage, Report stage and a Third Reading. To follow the progress of the Bill, visit the Parliament's website here.
How can you get involved?
There are two ways you can take action;
Lobby the Lords! The Bill will likely to face challenges in the House of Lords. We need to lobby the Lords, as we did our MPs. Take action now and contact the Lords. For a template letter, which you need to personalise click here.
Support us - Donate to our Love Equal Marriage campaign here. By supporting us you enable us to continue our important campaining work and speak out on this important issue. Marriage is hugely important to millions of people across the globe and the right to marry the person you love should be a fundamental right for everyone. Currently in England, lesbian, gay and bisexual people do not have this right. Help us make this change!