The Marriage equality bill for England and Wales passed the Report Stage, one of its final phases, yesterday. Now the House of Lords will give the bill its final reading early next week. Pink News reports:
It avoided amendments such as one from Lord Singh, which called for a referendum on equal marriage in October, and another which had been accused of attempting to allow faith schools to opt-out of teaching about same-sex marriage. As it is now in its final form, it will return to the House of Lords on Monday for a vote. If passed in its Third Reading, the bill will be different to that which passed in the House of Commons, so will return there to for approval.
Hopefully the House of Commons will then pass the bill as-is – otherwise, we have “parliamentary ping pong”, with the bill going back and forth until both houses agree, which could delay it until late this year. If it is approved, it will just need “royal assent” to become law, which would likely come over the summer. Fingers crossed.