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Gay Marriage Vote in UK House of Lords "Too Close to Call"

 

The latest from England:

Peers from all main political parties are expected to oppose same-sex marriage in the House of Lords on Monday, with a vote described as “too close to call”.

Crossbench Peer Lord Dear, a former HM Inspector of Constabulary, is leading the opposition to the Bill and said about half of Peers who are speaking during the second reading debate are against gay marriage.

Senior Tory Baroness Warsi, a practising Muslim, refused to steer the proposals through the House of Lords, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

And Lord Luce, who served as a minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government, said the issue has been handled in a “careless manner” with “little consultation” and “little thought”.

Last week MPs voted in favour of the legislation but it has now gone to the House of Lords where Peers will debate and vote on the proposals.

So far, at least 75 Peers have asked to speak on Monday, which could mean the vote takes place late in the day. (UK Christian Institute)

2 Comments

  1. Will Fisher
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    How much say does the HoL actually have? Can they reverse legislation from the House of Commons? Or just delay it?

  2. Pro-family Aussie
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Yes they can veto legislation just like the US and Australian senates can. The 'parliament Act' gives the government the right to force legislation through without a vote from the commons however, in order to do that the bill must have been in the manifesto, which it was not. Cameron, Clegg and Milliband want to ram this through without a mandate which means the Lords have the final say