A ‘wrecking amendment’ tabled by former Chief Constable Lord Dear would see the bill denied a second reading, halting its progress towards the statute books. The 75 year-old crossbench peer is firmly opposed to the legislation.
Claiming that the bill was aimed at a “tiny” minority , Lord Dear told a packed house that it would “totally alter” the concept of marriage.
“I contend this bill is in a mess – ill thought-through, lacking support in the population as a whole and likely to antagonise and enflame public opinion. It’s like wandering into the dark blindfolded.”
Baroness Stowell of Beeston countered with an insistence that
“For gay and lesbian couples this matters. It matters because it means the final acceptance of who they are.”
Peers are expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.
If the Lords fail to pass the bill or vote in favour of Lord Dear’s amendment, the Commons would retain the power to force through the bill under the Parliament Act.
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