Commons remaining stages: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

22 May 2013

MPs completed the debate on the report stage and third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday 21 May 2013.

MPs voted by 366 to 161 to approve the third reading of the Bill, which has now completed all its stages in the Commons and moves to the House of Lords for consideration.

Report stage day two and third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Day two of the report stage and the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill took place on Tuesday 21 May 2013.

Report stage day one of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Day one of the report stage on the Bill took place on Monday 20 May 2013.

Summary of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a Bill proposing to make provision for the marriage of same sex couples in England and Wales, about gender change by married persons and civil partners, about consular functions in relation to marriage, for the marriage of armed forces personnel overseas, and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

The Bill was introduced in the House of Commons in the 2012-13 session on 24 January 2013. The Bill was one of five which were selected by the Government to carry over into the 2013-14 session.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and find out how a bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has published a briefing paper for the Committee Stage.

What happens next?

The Bill will now be introduced in the House of Lords for consideration at a date to be announced.

What is the report stage of a bill?

The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider any further amendments (proposals for change) to a bill which has been examined in a public bill committee or on the floor of the House. There is no set time period between the end of committee stage and the start of the report stage.

What happens at report stage?

All MPs may speak and vote. For lengthy or complex bills, the debates may be spread over several days. All MPs can suggest amendments to the bill or new clauses (parts) that they think should be added.

What happens after report stage?

Report stage is usually followed immediately by debate on the bill's third reading.

What happens at third reading?

Debate on the bill is usually short, and limited to what is actually in the bill, rather than, as at second reading, what might have been included.

Amendments (proposals for change) cannot be made to a bill at a third reading in the Commons. At the end of the debate, the House decides (votes on) whether to approve the third reading of the bill.

What happens after third reading?

If the bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading. If the bill started in the Lords it returns to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments the Commons has made.

View proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings for free in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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