Northern Ireland same-sex marriage bill passes first stage

A Westminster bill calling for same sex marriage in Northern Ireland has passed its first parliamentary stage.

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Conservative peer Lord Hayward tabled the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) Bill in the Lords on Tuesday afternoon.

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In line with parliamentary procedure, the formal first reading of the private member’s bill was brief and was not accompanied by a debate.

Peers will have a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed legislation on its second reading.

Photo By Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany (qe07 (9)) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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