Same-sex marriage bill for Britain

Last updated 01:01 26/01/2013

Relevant offers

Europe

Driver in road rage crash that left two girls paralysed faces prison Last call for owners to claim cars left in 1974 Cyprus war Signals detected in search for missing EgyptAir flight Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Boris Johnson dubbed a 'horror' by EU chiefs Boy criticised by stranger for going to school in Queen Elsa costume Giant sinkhole swallows dozens of cars in Florence, Italy 'Stoned' sheep ate cannabis and went on a 'psychotic rampage' in Wales Huge swarm of bees chase woman's car in pursuit of queen bee inside Ravin', shoppin', eatin' ... Anti-Brexit video lampooned on social media Chocolate bar wrappers ignite German row over racism

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