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Labour table civil partnership Manuscript Amendment in order to ‘rescue’ same-sex marriage bill

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  1. Well done guys. Suddenly Loughton and co. are interested in equality and fair play?

  2. GulliverUK 20 May 2013, 3:07pm

    I have, and we have all, been waiting for equality in marriage for DECADES !

    Our equal rights should not be delayed by homophobic bigoted twisted Tory MPs, using a wrecking amendment, like they tried with Civil Partnerships, and this is the right path, a separate bill to extend Civil partnerships.

    Good job I tweeted Ed Miliband at 2:30am when I got slightly anxious – every little counts :D

    Looks like all will now be ok, although there will be very hostile, hurtful, disgraceful comments by swivel-eyed Tory loons all afternoon – I’m not sure it’s a good use of my day off watching these idiots on TV, but on the other hand, there will be lots of touching comments from people who support this, many Tories included.

    Thank to Labour, and to Nick Clegg also for his support. I knew you’d come through.

    1. Craig Nelson 20 May 2013, 3:28pm

      I too hope things go well. It does seem – for one reason or another – that there is actually a Commons majority for introducing equal civil partnerships. In one way it is funny to see gay people looking down on civil partnerships but straight people wanting them. But it takes all sorts!

      The law we end up with should treat people equally as well as offer the maximum degree of protection possible. There may be couples who – for whatever reason – don’t wish to get married but are a couple (in some cases being together for decades). When one of them dies they became virtual strangers. Much of the damage can be averted if family are supportive of the relationship but still it is not right. If CPs can help alleviate some of this suffering I think it is good that that option is made available. (Not everyone will take it up but at least it will be available as an option).

      Plus I will take great amusement watching Tim Loughton vote against the idea when it is no longer a wrecking amendment.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 20 May 2013, 4:04pm

      I tweeted Ed Miliband too as well as Nick Clegg and also Maria Miller, Yvette Cooper and Lynne Featherstone. Loughton must be beside himself now he’s losing Labour support.

      I just hope when it heads to the Lords that some won’t try to resurrect Loughton’s hateful amendment to reject the bill. They’d be woefully foolish to even conceive of it.

      1. Midnighter 20 May 2013, 5:15pm

        :-D I would be utterly delighted to see Loughton and his fellow swivel-eyed Loons are left empty handed and red faced over this. Fingers crossed!

  3. Jock S. Trap 20 May 2013, 3:14pm

    Good because what we are seeing from the likes of Loughton is typical religious deception and lies to get through what they want, stuff democracy.

    I for one want to see the faces of the bigots when they (hopefully) loose their bid to stop progress.

    Beware their next move.

  4. Good decision.

    Now let’s hope the government stops messing about and supports this bill, even with this new amendment.

  5. Good news. Now get on with it and get this passed, please! Don’t let the spiteful, hateful bigots win.

  6. Wow the labour party actually look like they have a position on something. Well done Tories you’ve just made the opposition look stronger.
    Can anyone in the back benches say “own goal”?
    Still, you carry on worrying about UKIP…

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 20 May 2013, 4:12pm

    I think this has been a wake-up call for Labour. Abandoning Loughton’s wrecking amendment and defeating the bill would have turned the blame on Labour for its failure. not a good strategy if they’re considering a win in 2015 and losing gay voters because of it. Well done, Yvette Cooper!

  8. GulliverUK 20 May 2013, 4:33pm

    It’s started

    UK: Same-Sex Marriage (Couples) Bill now live in Parliament,

    Parliamentary channel also.

  9. Robert in S. Kensington 20 May 2013, 4:53pm

    As of 16:52 Burrowes is currently ranting on in Parliament about religious protections, backed up by Loughton of course.

  10. GulliverUK 20 May 2013, 5:03pm

    If people are wondering about these amendment clauses, go to;

    see Amendments, and the top one, dated 17.05.2013, and it shows you what they’re talking about. They just discussed NC1 (new clause 1), and are going to move on to NC2.

    1. Thank you for that, GulliverUK

  11. In the face of a government which has been appalling by pretty much every conceivable measure (including most of its own self-declared metrics), the Labour opposition have been embarrassingly feeble. But at least on this they’re coming across as a party which actually believes in doing decent things with a sense of urgency. I doubt it’ll last long, but it’s welcome while it does.

  12. Brilliant. I’m glad these amendments were seen for what they were – wrecking amendments. And I’m glad that other MPs have acted quickly to prevent them.

    Thank god for Labour and the Lib Dems on this issue. And thank you to the modern Tories too. Stand up to these bigoted dinosaurs in your party or you’ll forever be known as the ‘nasty party’.

  13. Good news people! It seems like ministers have agreed with Labour’s proposals. The bill is going to continue without CP being tagged on!

    Labour can now claim that they ‘saved’ the bill.

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