LStonewall-UK-logoast month MPs voted overwhelmingly – by 400 to 175 – to support marriage equality in England and Wales. This was an enormously welcome first step toward securing this final measure of legislative equality.

However, Stonewall are crystal clear that considerable opposition remains.The Bill has now progressed to Committee stage where MPs are able to scrutinise the proposals in detail and sadly they have already seen dozens of wrecking amendments.Thankfully, so far, these attempts to undermine equality have failed. But there’s still a long way to go and we face, as always, a tough fight in the House of Lords.

In the coming month the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will return to the House of Commons for its Third Reading. This will allow MPs another opportunity to vote on the proposals.

If your MP was one of the 250, of all parties, who either voted against the proposals last month or abstained please write to them and let them know why marriage equality matters to you. Tell them you hope they’ll have changed their mind by the time of Third Reading of the Bill in a couple of weeks’ time. MPs are – understandably – always particularly prepared to listen to a constitituent who says they voted for them at the last election and may not do so next time.

You can visit Stonewall’s website to find your MP, how they voted and how to write to them.

 

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