Tag Archives: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Gay rights back in the news…

The issue of gay rights has come to the fore as a result of the PM’s plan to do a deal with the DUP to craft a majority in the Commons.  The development occurs as I prepare notes for a … Continue reading

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Is the Lords becoming more liberal than the Commons?

I have in a previous post drawn attention to the change that took place in the House of Lords on the issue of same-sex marriage.  The House has moved over the past decade from being resistant to measures designed to … Continue reading

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Why did the House of Lords vote for same-sex marriage?

One of the most notable features of the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act last year was the large majority it achieved in the House of Lords.  It received a Second Reading by 390 votes to 148, with every … Continue reading

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Summer highlights

The period leading up to the summer recess can be quite a hectic one, with members looking forward to getting something of a break.  This was especially the case this year in the Lords, given that we were sitting until … Continue reading

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Getting around…

I seem to have been getting into the habit of working late at the Lords, not normally leaving until 11.00 p.m. or even midnight.  Usually, there is little relationshp between when the House rises and when I leave.  Yesterday was … Continue reading

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I got an ‘Oh!’

Hansard in the House of Lords, unlike in the Commons, tends not to record interventions ‘[interrpution], [laughter]’.  If there is a notable outburst of laughter or protest, it is recorded as ‘Noble Lords: Oh’.  When I checked my speech online, … Continue reading

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Oh Dear…

During the two-day debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill earlier this week, there were moving speeches from various members of the House who are gay and reference was variously made to the speeches of Lord Browne of Madingley, … Continue reading

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