Marriage equality opponents in the UK continue to try to amend the bill. Pink News reports:
Baroness Deech has introduced an amendment, which would add the provision to include cohabiting family members or carers in the bill to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The amendment will be considered by peers when the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, goes into its Report stage in the House of Lords on 8 July… The amendment specifically aims to extend civil partnership rights to “unpaid carers and those they care for, and family members who share a house, who have cohabited for 5 years or more and are over the age of eighteen, and the case for creating a new legal status that would confer all the benefits of civil partnerships upon those mentioned in paragraph (a) without amending the criteria for eligibility for civil partnership.”
Another amendment would treat gay and straight marriages differently:
The amendment, almost the same as one put forward by Lord Dear at Committee stage, will be considered during the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, as it goes into its Report stage in the House of Lords on 8 July. The first of two amendments tabled by Lord Dear, aims to protect the “belief in traditional marriage”, and separates straight couples’ marriages from those of gay couples. “For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Act shall contradict the principle that the belief that marriage is the voluntary union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others is a belief worthy of respect in a democratic society,” reads the amendment.
Hey, don’t they already have a separate type of marriage for gays and lesbians called civil partnerships? It really does come down to wanting to reserve “real” marriage all to themselves.