Gay Marriage wrangling: Labour not in favor of conservative amendment

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Labour party has declared of not favoring the conservative amendment to Government bill to legalise gay marriage, during the fears that a “wrecking amendment” extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples could halt the legalisation process.

The efforts came as Prime Minister David Cameron prepared to take on traditionalist Conservative MPs who are trying to interrupt his plans to legalise gay marriage in the latest trial of strength between Mr. Cameron and his backbenchers.

Mr. Cameron’s official spokesperson has told that he is expected to vote against the so-called wrecking amendment which could the Same Sex marriage Bill.

The proposed legislation by the coalition government has returned to the House of Commons on Monday and also faces opposition of many Tory MPs.

The gay marriage bill will be debated in Commons over a couple of days, with its third reading – the final hurdle – on Tuesday.

Conservative MP Tim Loughton has tabled an amendment that would see heterosexual couples offered the same access to civil partnerships as gay couples. Labour and the Liberal Democrat support this proposal, but will not support the amendment in the Commons because it would have led to a government defeat and held up the legislation.

Culture Secretary, Maria Miller has warned that the amendment will pose “significant challenges” to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Ministers have warned that straight civil partnerships would introduce significant delays to the introduction of same-sex marriage and would also enforce approximate additional costs of £4bn. Instead, Labour has forwarded its own amendment calling for a consultation on civil partnerships for heterosexuals.

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