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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Jul 2013, 2:43pm

    An historic day in our history! Makes me so proud to be British.

  2. Peter & Michael 15 Jul 2013, 2:52pm

    This is wonderful news, and we feel that correspondents on these pages, giving their own positive personal experiences of living their lives without recognition over the past years, have also contributed to rolling back barriers, which we have faced since 1969. Thanks To you all !

  3. bobbleobble 15 Jul 2013, 2:52pm

    Who’d have thought that the bill would have has such a straight forward ride through the Lords?! I honestly thought it would take the Parliament Act to get it through and now it seems it could get it’s Third Reading without even needing a division!

  4. So when will the 1st marriages be held.

    If the amendments about pensions etc are added, and then it is sent back to the unelected House of Lords for further debate, is there any valid reason not to expect same sex marriages to begin by September 1st?

    Then after a couple of months well-deserved rest, the equality activists can turn their attention to those MP’s who voted against equality,to see what the best strategy is to ensure those disgusting, extremist bigots are not re-elected – focussing naturally on those MP’s in marginal seats.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Jul 2013, 3:07pm

      I believe the first marriages won’t take place until early summer 2014.

  5. Just watching the live stream there are pink carnations on many lapels. Looks very good and encouraging. Feeling a wee bit teary.

  6. I like the pink carnation the peers are wearing!!!!

    I hope their going to start singing like the NZ govt did when they passed their bill?

  7. And then… maybe just the best thing of it all if you ask me… None but the head of the Church of England, our most vocal and vile opponent, will give her royal assent and sign it into law.

    I know it is just a formality and we can only guess about her actual opinion but I really do like that as the final cherry on top of our wedding cake (figure of speech, naturally, I’d never have cherries on my actual wedding cake… oh the horror!).

  8. Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to a Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus’ plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love.
    Now I am really teary. Christian legend makes it even more poignant.

    1. Michael 2912 15 Jul 2013, 3:48pm

      You need to give yourself a good old talking to. Have a nice day.

  9. Michael 2912 15 Jul 2013, 3:46pm

    This is absolutely phenomenal. We almost have that which has been unjustly denied to us for far too long. We shouldn’t feel grateful but there can’t be many of us who worked for equality through our trade unions and who marched in opposition to what was Clause 26 (later becoming section 28) who ever dreamt that this would happen in our lifetimes.

  10. I can’t watch the live stream from the HoL as I’m in work and can’t get out. Is there anywhere this is being run with text commentary or can someone update on what’s happening? I feel giddy at the prospect it will go through so smoothly.

  11. OK now as a reward who can get Tina Stowell – Baroness – that date with George Clooney.

  12. Jock S. Trap 15 Jul 2013, 4:21pm

    WooHoo…. So proud!!!!

  13. It’s passed

  14. Sandgroper 15 Jul 2013, 4:57pm

    Congrats to all you poms, really happy for you.

    Now let us hope that Australia will be next! We might just have a chance if Kevin Rudd and Labor get back at the next election. Wish us luck in our quest for equality.

    1. Sherri Gray 15 Jul 2013, 9:02pm

      …so happy that reason and respect are winning out over prejudice and fear! Please hear my marriage equality song, “What If We Are Just Like You”, and know that it was written for ALL LGBTs and those of us who love them!

      hip hip hooray!!! hugs from the U.S. and a singing grandmother who is proud to be ‘on the right side of history’!

    2. Scotland, Luxembourg and Andorra (all in Europe) will be next over the next 2 years, not Australia!!!!

      Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland have right-wing coalition conservative Governments – so marriage equality is not possible at all!!!!!

      Australia will finally allow marriage equality in 2017 (after the 2016 Election)!

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