British House of Lords allows church ceremonies for same-sex couples
March 03, 2010
The House of Lords has voted to allow churches to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. The proposal, introduced as an amendment to the Equality Bill, would not require religious institutions to perform weddings for homosexual couples, but would eliminate one of the last remaining distinctions between domestic partnership and marriage.
The amendment was approved by an overwhelming vote of 95-21. Although the measure was not formally endorsed by the government, observers expect that the House of Commons will not seek major changes in the Equality Bill.
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