The Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, abstained in last night’s House of Lords vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
He said: “I’ve not come out strongly, I’ve simply said that in Judaism we don’t do it.”
Last year, in its official response to the government’s consultation on equal marriage for England and Wales, the office of the Chief Rabbi stated that Jewish Law prohibited “the practice of homosexuality,” and it argued against all same-sex unions, and same-sex marriages.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed its second reading in the Lords with a majority of 242 on Tuesday evening.
The bill will now go forward for more detailed scrutiny by peers.
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, voted in favour of Lord Dear’s ‘fatal’ amendment, along with his predecessor, Lord Carey.