Same-sex marriage bill for Britain

Last updated 01:01 26/01/2013

Relevant offers

World

Helicopters lead convoy through fire-ravaged western Canadian city Labour's Sadiq Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London after bitter campaign Rex Huppke: Donald Trump's America: Magical time for racists, xenophobes, bigots Assailant tries to shoot prominent Turkish journalist outside court Death toll from Kenyan building collapse reaches 42 Panama Papers source breaks silence, denies being a spy Parking inspector leaves unusual surprise for woman on her car 'Boaty McBoatface' grounded - polar ship to be named after David Attenborough Dad in Australia delivers baby daughter with phone instructions from cousin Canadian wildfire edges south, leaves thousands stranded

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