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MPs vote overwhelmingly to hold a speedy review on the future of civil partnerships

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  1. Massive majority.

    Thank you Labour for essentially saving the bill.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 May 2013, 11:12pm

      Yes, indeed, they did!

  2. So Tim Loughton and co who were apparently so concerned about equality will be pleased that heterosexuals will very likely be able to get CPs. Wait a minute! Weren’t they against the dilution of marriage? Oh dear

  3. As Nick Herbert pointed out, the sight of certain members who have never seen an anti-discrimination provision they didn’t hate suddenly banging on about equality was enough to bring one’s dinner back for a second visit.

    I particularly noted Ian Paisley Jr expressing his concerns about the “inequality” of different-sex couples being denied CPs, and then just a few minutes later getting Maria Miller to confirm that any married same-sex couple venturing into Northern Ireland will be downgraded to a CP at the border.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 May 2013, 11:11pm

      Wasn’t it sublime watching Nick Herbert take down the bigots like Sir Gerald Howarth and others? Long overdue. I thought Chris Bryant might have done it, but I think it better coming from a Tory. Fantastic day!

      I don’t know why the likes of Paisley and Shannon or any of that DUP bunch of bigots are allowed a vote in Westminster since this legislation has no bearing on NI.

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 20 May 2013, 11:08pm

    Lordy, Lordy!! Thank you, Labour and thank you Maria Miller, excellent job well done! Thank you to the Tory MPs who supported the government bill and voted with the majority today. I never thought I’d see such vast majorities voting all of the opposition’s amendments down especially Loughton’s wrecking amendment. It’s restored my faith in the Commons and in our system.

    I think the Lords will have a very difficult job rejecting the bill now that assurances have been given to address CPs for straights in a swift manner.

    Nick Herbert’s delivery was astounding, impassioned and convincing. What a man!

    1. Nick Herbert is leadership material for a future time, if they can elect themselves another gay leader, certainly showed promise and a bit of grit, and passion.
      Tories usually make me want to loose my dinner, I think he may be an exception, easy on the eye too.

  5. “Later, 70 MPs voted in favour of opposite sex civil partnerships without a review, while 375 voted against the amendment.
    David Cameron was seen among those MPs voting in favour of a review.”

    Errm… Didn’t Cameron vote against the review?

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