Several politicians in the House of Lords are making moves to water down or outright kill the bill, even after an overwhelming vote in support of it a week and a half ago. Dot429 reports:
After Lord Geoffrey Dear surrendered to the marriage equality bill last week, he drafted new legislation in conjunction with it, intended to shield people who believe “marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others.” In particular, the bill is for people who believe “traditional marriage is a belief worthy of respect in a democratic society,” as well as “that no person should suffer any detriment because of their belief in traditional marriage.”
Lord Mawhinney is getting into the act too with a :traditional marriage amendment. Pink News reports:
“For 40 years my life has been driven by my Christian and Conservative convictions,” Lord Mawhinney said. “And now I am led to believe that because I have continued to hold those values and principles I’m a swivel-eyed loon. Well, I want to raise a flag for swivel-eyed loons because at the very heart of the country and our party is a commitment to values and principles that our time-tested.” His amendment states: “It shall be lawful to refer to marriage between two people of the opposite sex as ‘traditional marriage’ and it shall be lawful to refer to marriage between two people of the same sex as ‘same-sex marriage.’”
And finally Lprd Hylton is proposing a new “wrecking amendment” that, if passed, could destroy the bill. Pink News reports:
Lord Hylton, the peer who accused gay people of stealing the word ‘gay’ from its original meaning, has tabled a new wrecking amendment for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. For page 1 of the bill his amendment states: “leave out ‘Marriage’ and insert ‘Union’”.
The debate rages on in the UK…