Same-sex marriage bill for Britain

Last updated 01:01 26/01/2013

Relevant offers

World

Nepal's animal slaughter begins Japan paper apologises for 'sex slave' term Protesters target Black Friday sales Pope Francis makes first visit to Turkey Obama plan to "Power Africa" gets off to a dim start Alleged rape in Nauru Lava threatens Cape Verde town Queensland storm injures 38 Recaptured murderer Phillip Smith soon back in NZ Photos: This week around the world

The British government has introduced a bill legalising same-sex marriage and says lawmakers will get their first vote on it in Parliament next month.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, published yesterday, extends marriage to gay couples but excludes clergy in the Church of England - the country's official faith - from having to carry out the ceremonies.

That is intended to placate religious opponents of same-sex unions - though it has not stopped criticism of the bill from religious leaders.

The bill is likely to become law because it is supported by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, many of his Cabinet and most Liberal Democrat and Labour lawmakers.

But some traditionalist Conservative lawmakers say they will vote against it. The first debate and vote are scheduled for February 5.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content