Vote – Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

On 8th and 10th July 2013, a number of bishops took part in divisions on the Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, during its Report Stage.

House of Lords Division Lobby
House of Lords Division Lobby

8th July 2013

Lord Mackay of Clashfern moved amendment 1, which proposed to seek to refer to same sex marriage as ‘marriage (same sex couples)’, and opposite sex marriage as ‘marriage (opposite sex couples)’.

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, voted ‘content’. The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, voted ‘not content’.

There were: Contents: 119 | Not Contents: 314 | Result: Government Win

(via Parliament.uk)

Conservative Peer Baroness Cumberlege moved amendment 3, which sought provisions to allow marriage registrars to conscientiously object to carrying out a same sex marriage.

The Bishop of Chester voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.

There were: Contents: 103 | Not Contents: 278 | Result: Government Win

(via Parliament.uk)

 

Lord Elton moved amendment 55, which detailed changes to marriage ceremonies and the process of converting a civil partnership to a marriage.

The Bishop of Chester voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.

There were: Contents: 15 | Not Contents: 84 | Result: Government Win

(via Parliament.uk)

 

10th July 2013

Crossbench Peer Baroness Deech moved amendment 94, which called for a review of the Civil Partnership Act to consider extending the case for eligibility to carers and co-habiting family members under special conditions.

The Bishops of Chester, Exeter and Winchester, the Rt Revds. Peter Forster, Michael Langrish and Tim Dakin voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.

There were: Contents: 89 | Not Contents: 267 | Result: Government Win

(via Parliament.uk)