British House Of Lords Advances Marriage Equality Bill

Just now, the British House of Lords voted to advance the marriage equality bill on second reading by a voice vote. Moments before, the Lords defeated an amendment that would have killed the bill by a vote of 148–390. It now proceeds to the committee mark-up phase, following which it must pass once more in the House of Lords.

During the debate that took place on Monday, Baroness Liz Barker came out as a lesbian publicly for the first time, telling her colleagues, “Many years ago, I had the great good fortune to meet someone. She and I have loved each other ever since.”

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The bill passed its final reading in the House of Commons, Britain’s representative body, by a vote of 366–161, having passed its second reading by a vote of 400–175.