The first clause of the equal marriage bill has passed in the committee considering it in the UK Parliament today.
Clause 1 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed committee
stage 13 votes to 4, and is being considered by the Public Bills
Committee in the House of Commons.
This is the first clause of eighteen to pass, as the committee must
pass each clause individually, possibly making recommendations for
The first clause “makes it lawful for same-sex couples to marry. It
ensures that the legal duty of clergy of the Church of England and the
Church in Wales to marry parishioners does not extend to same-sex
“It allows same-sex civil marriage ceremonies to be carried out in
register offices and on approved premises (such as hotels), and
marriages of same sex couples in religious buildings (other than those
used by the Church of England and Church in Wales), and in accordance
with the Jewish and Quaker faiths and for overseas consular and armed
in February, MPs in the British Parliament voted in favour of the
Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill by 400 to 175, a majority of 225.
The bill is currently receiving greater parliamentary scrutiny –
after the Commons committee has completed its work – the bill will then
be subjected to another vote (third reading) by MPs and it will then
undergo a similar process of approval in the House of Lords.