16.38

Lord Waddington is now speaking in favour of Lord Dear’s wrecking amendment to protect the “essential nature” of marriage. It’s “no disrespect to anyone, just common sense” to have different unions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples, he says.

16.34

Baroness Brinton quotes from religious organisations that support equality in marriage

16.31

Baroness Brinton: I have found it hard to find Jesus speaking against same-sex marriage in the New Testament

16.30

Baroness Brinton: The cheers in the Lords on the first reading of the Alan Turing pardon bill shows that society is moving on about LGBT rights

16.27

Baroness Kennedy says that marriage has been changed a lot in the past

17.28

MPs are currently debating how to rectify differences in pensions between same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

15.55

Julian Huppert just argued out that it’s unclear how humanist weddings would “unpick” the quadruple lock, or how they fall foul of the  European Convention on Human Rights.

15.22

The Deputy Speaker had to cut off a debate brewing between Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes, who said marriage was set up by God between men and women to procreate, and Labour’s Diane Abbott, who jumped in to defend infertile couples.

15.01

“Take advantage of this opportunity” to iron out issues like allowing humanist marriages, urges openly gay MP Crispin Blunt – after the same-sex marriage bill the government will be too “scarred” to venture into changing marriage legislation anytime soon.

14.53

Julian Huppert MP says in response to bizarre worries about tiddly-winks getting married, ”I am not a tiddly-wink expert, but I am a humanist”.

14.38

Lib Dem Greg Mulholland is now reading his amendment proposing to have one single form of union, abolishing marriages and civil partnerships.

14.32

Tory MP Crispin Blunt has said in the Commons debate he was “astonished” by Sir Tony Baldry’s claim that extending human rights to a group could fall foul of Human Rights conventions.

14.02

Boris Johnson has called on the government to get the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill signed into law as soon as possible. More on this story here 

13.57

MPs are debating whether to allow Humanist ministers to perform marriages. There’s  more on this story here

10.21

Good morning, MPs are to debate and vote on further amendments to the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill including one on Humanist weddings before the third reading of the bill. It is expected that MPs will vote in favour of the bill at the third reading and it will head to the House of Lords within the next few weeks.

12:38 The third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is about to begin.

16.38

Lord Waddington is now speaking in favour of Lord Dear’s wrecking amendment to protect the “essential nature” of marriage. It’s “no disrespect to anyone, just common sense” to have different unions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples, he says.

16.34

Baroness Brinton quotes from religious organisations that support equality in marriage

16.31

Baroness Brinton: I have found it hard to find Jesus speaking against same-sex marriage in the New Testament

16.30

Baroness Brinton: The cheers in the Lords on the first reading of the Alan Turing pardon bill shows that society is moving on about LGBT rights

16.27

Baroness Kennedy says that marriage has been changed a lot in the past

17.28

MPs are currently debating how to rectify differences in pensions between same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

15.55

Julian Huppert just argued out that it’s unclear how humanist weddings would “unpick” the quadruple lock, or how they fall foul of the  European Convention on Human Rights.

15.22

The Deputy Speaker had to cut off a debate brewing between Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes, who said marriage was set up by God between men and women to procreate, and Labour’s Diane Abbott, who jumped in to defend infertile couples.

15.01

“Take advantage of this opportunity” to iron out issues like allowing humanist marriages, urges openly gay MP Crispin Blunt – after the same-sex marriage bill the government will be too “scarred” to venture into changing marriage legislation anytime soon.

14.53

Julian Huppert MP says in response to bizarre worries about tiddly-winks getting married, ”I am not a tiddly-wink expert, but I am a humanist”.

14.38

Lib Dem Greg Mulholland is now reading his amendment proposing to have one single form of union, abolishing marriages and civil partnerships.

14.32

Tory MP Crispin Blunt has said in the Commons debate he was “astonished” by Sir Tony Baldry’s claim that extending human rights to a group could fall foul of Human Rights conventions.

14.02

Boris Johnson has called on the government to get the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill signed into law as soon as possible. More on this story here 

13.57

MPs are debating whether to allow Humanist ministers to perform marriages. There’s  more on this story here

10.21

Good morning, MPs are to debate and vote on further amendments to the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill including one on Humanist weddings before the third reading of the bill. It is expected that MPs will vote in favour of the bill at the third reading and it will head to the House of Lords within the next few weeks.