Yes. Bloody Lords had better not throw a wobbly now. But still, gratifying to see it should now happen and I give the Tory leadership credit on this. It's causing them a lot of trouble, but they're driving it through anyway.
I find myself fairly unmoved - I'm kind of at 'yea, good...' But then it makes no difference to our law anyway.
I presume they will need to repeal the civil union act as part of this one becoming law - or it would be offering same sex couples something that they are not offering non-same sex couples... So does it mean those who are already civil partners will automatically become married, or automatically become not married, or remain as they are, but as a tiny, decreasing, minority?
Or will they re-write the civil partnership act to allow it to be a half-way stage to marriage for anyone and everyone? Does anyone know? Does anyone think they've actually considered it?
Yes, civil partnership was part of the consultation (which I read and responded to in full, for once). Those already civil partnered will have the option to convert it to a marriage, but not compelled (and they can do it via a marriage ceremony if they choose, it doesn't have to be just paperwork). I believe civil partnership as an option will end once equal marriage is in place.