Friday, February 8, 2013

Same sex marriage legislation under consideration in Britain, France and Rhode Island

Three legislature, three bills, three pictures...

Gay Marriage Bill Approved in Rhode Island House Vote (now on to the State Senate)

And across the sea, Thousands Rally in Paris For Same-Sex Marriage (as the legislature prepares to consider a bill supported by the new government).

British House of Commons Approves Gay Marriage (not wit)hout a lot of dissent from the governing party

update: and it's not over til it's over:

Tory rebels may scupper gay marriage in the Lords

David Cameron faces another bitter battle over his plans to introduce gay marriage, with more than half of Conservative peers expected to vote against the move.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The UK picture is a little misleading. Mass demonstrations are restricted in Parliament Square, the area outside the Houses of Parliament, by the "Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011". (This was a relaxation of the restrictions introduced by Tony Blair's administration under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.) The traditional site for mass demonstrations is Trafalgar Square, which is about a mile away.

It might also be significant that the debate began just before 1pm and the main vote was taken at 7pm. Any sensible protestor would have been in the pub by then, particularly on a cold, rainy night.

Probably most significant is that the vote was only the second reading of the bill. The bill now has to be considered in detail by a Parliamentary Committee, then receive a third reading (another vote) after which it passes to the House of Lords (our un-elected second chamber) for their vote. The bill only becomes law after the Lords approve it and it receives the Royal Assent.

Also the current UK government is a coalition of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. The Conservatives are only one of the governing parties.