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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 5 March 2013

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill


 

[NiNTH AND TenTH SITTINGS]


 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Withdrawn  26

 

Clause  2,  page  4,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“Marriage counselling etc.

 

25B(1)  

A person does not contravene section 29 only because the person conducts—

 

(a)    

a marriage preparation course,

 

(b)    

a marriage counselling or guidance service, or

 

(c)    

an agency to help people find a spouse,

 

            

and does not extend those services to marriages of same-sex couples.’.

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Negatived on division  27

 

Clause  2,  page  4,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘Marriage according to religious rites: Opt-in and opt-out activity

 

25B(1)  

A person does not contravene section 29 only because the person—

 

(a)    

refrains from undertaking an opt-in activity, or

 

(b)    

undertakes an opt-out activity.

 

      (2)  

Expressions used in this paragraph and in section 2 of the Marriage (Same Sex

 

Couples) Act 2013 have the same meaning in this paragraph as in that

 

section.’.

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Not called  28

 

Clause  2,  page  4,  line  13,  at end insert—


 
 

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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, continued

 
 

‘Religious premises: Trustees

 

25B(1)  

A person who is the trustee of a trust for the advancement of religion does not

 

contravene section 29 only because he refuses to consent to premises owned or

 

controlled by the trust being used for marriages of same sex couples.’.

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Not called  29

 

Clause  2,  page  4,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

For the purposes of section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, no regard may be had

 

by any public authority to any decision by a relevant governing authority or

 

relevant religious organisation to give any consent or to refuse to give any consent

 

provided for in sections 2, 4, 5, or 7 of this Act’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Not selected  52

 

Clause  3,  page  4,  line  24,  leave out ‘marriage’ and insert ‘union’.

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Not selected  53

 

Clause  3,  page  4,  line  26,  leave out ‘marriage’ and insert ‘union’.

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Not selected  54

 

Clause  3,  page  4,  line  41,  leave out ‘marriage’ and insert ‘union’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Withdrawn  51

 

Clause  4,  page  5,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘“recognised” means recognised according to the ordinary customs and

 

usage of the organisation. In the event of a dispute between the members

 

over which person or persons are recognised for the purpose of giving

 

consent for the purposes of this section, the Secretary of State shall

 

consult all members of the relevant religious organisation to determine


 
 

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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, continued

 
 

which person or persons are recognised. This shall include power to order

 

a ballot of members in which a quorum of 66 per cent. shall be required

 

and recognition shall be determined by a majority vote.

 

“members” means those whose names have appeared on a formal

 

membership roll kept by the relevant religious organisation for a period

 

of at least 12 months prior to written consent being given. If no such roll

 

is kept, then the members shall be deemed to be those who have attended

 

worship at the place of worship for a majority of services of worship

 

during the 12 months prior to written consent being given.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Withdrawn  55

 

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  33,  leave out paragraph 3.

 

Chris Bryant

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Kate Green

 

Negatived on division  43

 

Schedule  1,  page  18,  line  7,  leave out from beginning to end of line 12.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clauses 5 to 7 Agreed to.

 


 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

Stephen Williams

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Withdrawn  2

 

Clause  8,  page  8,  line  17,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Bryant

 

Stephen Williams

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Not called  3

 

Clause  8,  page  8,  line  20,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned until Thursday at 11.30 am


 
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