Friday, June 01, 2012

The marriage equality bill

Labour MP Louisa Wall has released her Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill [PDF]. It's a simple bill, which adds a definition to the interpretation clause, and substitutes the schedule of prohibited degrees of marriage with a gender-neutral one. Contrary to my worries yesterday, there are no nasty surprises.

So, now its just a matter of waiting for it to be drawn from the ballot, and building support among MPs. The latest tally is 46 yes, 19 no, 5 undecided, and 51 unknown. 61 votes are needed for the bill to pass, so we need 15 more (and ideally more for cover). Time to make some clamour and start hassling those MPs...