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Challenge issued to Archbishop over Lords vote on same sex marriage

From Christian Concern

Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, has challenged the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the low attendance of bishops in the House of Lords during crucial stages of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Mrs Minichiello Williams wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury – copied to all the Lords Spiritual – asking for an explanation as to why so few of the bishops were present at Report Stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

At Report Stage votes were taken on amendments to protect people from being discriminated against in the workplace for their belief in marriage between one man and one woman in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

On the first day (8th July) only two bishops were present (Chester and Leicester). The Bishop of Leicester voted against Amendment 1, which sought to maintain a distinction between marriages of same sex couples and marriages of opposite sex couples. He did not vote on any other amendments.

On the second day of Report Stage (Wednesday 10th July), there were more bishops present but only three of these voted for Amendment 94, which sought to extend the availability of Civil Partnerships to unpaid carers and family members.

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