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velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: February 5th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
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gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's excellent news. Even better is that a bunch of Tories voted against it, which means Cameron won't get cheap popularity from the move. He can't even bring his party with him on a move like that.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: February 5th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woo hoo!
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Precisely.
shapinglight From: shapinglight Date: February 5th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
'Bout time.
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed.
kikimay From: kikimay Date: February 5th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!!
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely.
brutti_ma_buoni From: brutti_ma_buoni Date: February 5th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
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.
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. It makes Cameron look weak because so many of his own party voted against it. Nobody can argue with a vote on that scale, though.
beer_good_foamy From: beer_good_foamy Date: February 5th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Welcome to the civilised world! :)
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
You guys always beat us to the best liberal changes, 'tis true.
elisi From: elisi Date: February 5th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
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brunettepet From: brunettepet Date: February 5th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's great news.
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really pleased.
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: February 5th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
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?
brutti_ma_buoni From: brutti_ma_buoni Date: February 5th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
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.
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: February 5th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh - thank you - I thought someone would know. It really had only occurred to me as I began that reply.
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really pleased about it. I have friends who will now be able to marry.
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: February 5th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well - once it gets through all the rest of the hoops, but with any luck it'll get there eventually!
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope so. A majority that size would be hard to argue away. If it means cracks in the Tory party, it's a bonus.
deborahw37 From: deborahw37 Date: February 5th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great news!!


I'd like them to keep Civil partnerships too and open those up to all couples
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect there may be some pressure for that. Isn't there a case working its way through the courts to Europe?

It's very good news.
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: February 5th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that would be sensible.
gillo From: gillo Date: February 5th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Therefore they won't do it.
davidbrider From: davidbrider Date: February 6th, 2013 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Still a way to go, though - I'm holding off properly celebrating until it actually becomes law (I still fear the Lords throwing a spanner in the works). Mind you, that was a hefty majority, so...
gillo From: gillo Date: February 6th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was one heck of a majority. It ought to be enough.

My bastard MP voted against.

:-(
waddiwasiwitch From: waddiwasiwitch Date: February 6th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
At last indeed. How appropriate is that icon. Hee.
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