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Report Stage Proceedings: 20 May 2013                  



Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, continued



The referendum must be held before 1 June 2016.



The referendum is to be held on 7 May 2015.



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.



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


order make supplemental or consequential provision.



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





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.



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?”.



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—



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


is passed.



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.



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                  



Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, continued



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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