Secondary equal marriage legislation passes House of Lords

The secondary legislation needed for same-sex marriages to commence in England and Wales have passed in the House of Lords.

The passage of six regulations in the House of Lords paves the way for the first same-sex marriages to commence from 29 March.

The legislation must go back to the House of Commons next week, due to opposition.

The very final vote is expected to take place next Wednesday in the Commons, however will not include a debate so no further opposition will be voiced.

During debates, Lord Jenkin pushed for those in civil partnerships to be able to convert to marriage as soon as possible.

Baroness Liz Barker tweeted that the Lib Dems had promised to monitor the trans spousal veto, which was not included in the England and Wales Act, but which was included in Scotland’s bill.

Baroness Tina Stowell, who was responsible for guiding the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act, and tweeted to recall the hard work which went into passing the act last July.

During the debate, peers discussed the situation for LGBT people in countries like Uganda.

The main act, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act was given Royal Assent on 17 July 2013 after passing readings in both the Houses of Parliament.

Equalities Minister Helen Grant on Tuesday confirmed that same-sex couples who are in civil partnerships in England and Wales will be able to convert them to marriages by the end of 2014.