Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — 5 Feb 2013 at 18:52
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
Mr Speaker, you and I know that every marriage is different-indeed, any husband or wife of a Member of this House has a distinct set of challenges to face every day-but what marriage offers us all is a lifelong partner to share our journey, a loving stable relationship to strengthen us and mutual support throughout our lives. I believe that that should be embraced by more couples. The depth of feeling, love and commitment between same-sex couples is no different from that depth of feeling between opposite-sex couples. The Bill enables society to recognise that commitment in the same way, too, through marriage. Parliament should value people equally in the law, and enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current differentiation and distinction.
Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
The House divided:
Ayes 400, Noes 175.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||126 (+1 tell)||135 (+2 tell)||5||88.2%|
|LDem||44 (+1 tell)||4||0||87.5%|