A second day of demonstrations are taking place today outside the House of Lords, both for and against equal marriage, as peers prepared to vote on an amendment which would decide the fate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Around 150 anti equal marriage, and 100 pro-equal marriage campaigners gathered outside the House of Lords, as the vote on an amendment tabled by Lord Dear, which could be “fatal” to the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, if passed, is imminent.

Among the anti-equal marriage campaign was The former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig. The majority of the pro-equal marriage demonstrators represented Labour, Liberal Democrats and Conservative party members, representatives from Out4Marriage, Stonewall and the Peter Tatchell Foundation. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was also in attendance.

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Peter Tatchell campaigns for same-sex marriage outside the House of Lords

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A pro-equal marriage campaigner carries a rainbow flag

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Pro-equal marriage campaigners rally in front of the anti-equal marriage demonstration

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The anti-equal marriage campaign stages an opposite sex wedding-cake topper

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Anti-equal marriage protesters carry signs saying “marriage= man + woman”

Yesterday’s pro-equal marriage rally was attended by actor Russell Tovey, Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green Mike Freer, Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Equalities, Yvette Cooper, Liberal Democrat peer Liz Barker and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.