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Report Stage Proceedings: 20 May 2013                  

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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, continued

 
 

(2)    

The referendum must be held before 1 June 2016.

 

(3)    

The referendum is to be held on 7 May 2015.

 

(4)    

If the Secretary of State is satisfied that it is impossible or impracticable for the

 

referendum to be held on 7 May 2015, or that it cannot be conducted properly if

 

held on that day, the Secretary of State may by order appoint a later day as the day

 

on which the referendum is to be held.

 

(5)    

Where a day is appointed under subsection (4), the Secretary of State may by

 

order make supplemental or consequential provision.

 

(6)    

The Secretary of State must by order make provisions for the conduct of the

 

referendum.

 

(7)    

An order under this section may not be made unless a draft of the order has been

 

laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

 

(8)    

The question that is to appear on the ballot papers is—

 

    

“At present, the law in England and Wales defines marriage as the union of a man

 

and a woman. Should the law be changed to define marriage as the union of two

 

people—whether a man and a woman, or a woman and a woman, or a man and

 

a man?”.

 

(9)    

Those entitled to vote in the referendum are the persons who, on the date of the

 

referendum, would be entitled to vote as electors at a parliamentary election in

 

any constituency.’.

 


 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Tim Loughton

 

Jim Shannon

 

Fiona Bruce

 

Craig Whittaker

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

Mr Edward Leigh

 

Dr Matthew Offord

 

Sir Gerald Howarth

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Jeremy Lefroy

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Dr William McCrea

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Sir Roger Gale

 

Bob Blackman

 

Mr William Cash

 

Sir Alan Beith

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Julian Brazier

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Richard Drax

 

Gordon Henderson

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

Nick de Bois

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Robert Walter

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  6

 

Clause  18,  page  14,  line  17,  leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert—

 

‘(2)    

Section [Referendum provisions] comes into force on the day on which this Act

 

is passed.

 

(3)    

Subject to subsections (2) and (4), this Act comes into force on such day as the

 

Secretary of State may by order appoint; and different days may be appointed for

 

different purposes.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may not bring any part of this Act into force unless the

 

referendum provided for at section [Referendum provisions] delivers an

 

affirmative outcome.


 
 

Report Stage Proceedings: 20 May 2013                  

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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, continued

 
 

(5)    

For the purposes of subsection (4), an affirmative outcome shall be where a

 

majority of votes cast in the referendum support the proposition contained in the

 

referendum question.’.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

Not selected  60

 

Clause  18,  page  14,  line  16,  leave out ‘Marriage (Same Sex Couples)’ and insert

 

‘Civil Marriage’.

 

Secretary Maria Miller

 

Agreed to  53

 

Clause  18,  page  14,  line  17,  leave out ‘comes’ and insert ‘and section (Review of

 

civil partnership) come’.

 

Bill to be futher considered tomorrow.


 
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