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British House Of Lords Advances Marriage Equality Bill To Final Stages

By Zack Ford

"British House Of Lords Advances Marriage Equality Bill To Final Stages"

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On Monday, the British House of Lords granted final approval to the proposed marriage equality bill by a voice vote, advancing it to its final stages before becoming law. Next, the bill returns to the House of Commons for lawmakers to approve the amendments added in the upper house, which could happen as early as Tuesday evening. Then, all that is left is for the Queen to grant the bill Royal Assent.

Amendments added in the House of Lords include calling for a public review on humanist weddings — those that do not include any religious affiliation — as well as a review on pension survivor rights for same-sex couples. All of the amendments proposed with the intention of limiting the scope of the bill were defeated.

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