Equality Bill — Report (Continued) — 2 Mar 2010 at 22:59

This amendment was designed to allow religious premises to be used for the celebration of civil partnerships. It was a permissive amendment, allowing but not mandating religious groups to use their premises for this.

Amendment 53

Moved by Lord Alli

53: Before Clause 201, insert the following new Clause:

Civil partnerships

Civil partnerships on religious premises

(1) The Civil Partnership Act 2004 is amended as follows.

(2) Omit section 6(1)(b) and (2).

(3) In section 6A, after subsection (2), insert:

"( ) Regulations under this section may provide that premises approved for the registration of civil partnerships may differ from those premises approved for the registration of civil marriages."

(4) In section 6A, after subsection (3), insert:

"( ) For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Act places an obligation on religious organisations to host civil partnerships if they do not wish to do so.""

The vote was declared by all three main parties' spokespeople as a free vote.

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Party Summary

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 is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Content)Minority (Not-Content)Turnout
Bishop1 18.0%
Con4 (+1 tell) 10 (+2 tell)9.0%
Crossbench13 49.2%
DUP0 3100.0%
Lab48 (+1 tell) 123.4%
LDem25 033.8%
Total:91 1916.5%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible lord who could have voted in this division

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NamePartyVote
Viscount Astor Conaye
Baroness Buscombe Conaye
Baroness Flather Conaye
Lord Fowler Con (front bench)aye
Baroness Noakes Con (front bench)tellaye
Lord Norton of LouthCon (front bench)aye
Lord Armstrong of IlminsterCrossbench (front bench)no
Lord Eames Crossbench (front bench)no
Lord Greenway Crossbenchno
Lord Low of DalstonCrossbench (front bench)no
Viscount Simon Lab (minister)no

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