Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received its Second Reading in the House of Commons.
MPs voted overwhelmingly to support the proposals for equal marriage, by a 225. This is the first biggest step forward for equality. This Bill still has to be debated in the House of Lords which no doubt will be a bit of a battle!
The faith and religious bodies no doubt will continue to object, and voice their right to refuse blessing gay marriage. Some believe this is a tricky area, but really, how tricky is it when you consider this is about one’s human right to legally, and spiritually celebrate love?!
Same-sex marriage is already legal in many European countries and some states in the USA, including Spain, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, and Washington DC. Indeed even President Barack Obama declared “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
Let’s continue to support the campaigns in other parts for world basic human rights for LGBTQ people.. countries where same sex couples cannot express any form of intimacy, or express their love without fear, imprisonment or even the death penalty.