With the House of Lord’s vote for marriage equality, the Catholic Church released a statement saying that they will continue to defy the marriage equality bill for “religious protections.”
“The Church’s principled objection to the legal re-definition of marriage is consistently and clearly set out,” said a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales spokesperson.
“Following the bill’s second reading in the House of Lords, the Church’s aim is to ensure the bill, as it goes to committee stage, is amended so that it effectively delivers the protections that the government promised to provide for schools, religious organizations and individuals.”
Unlike the Catholic Church, several religious groups have lent their support for marriage equality in the UK such as the Metropolitan Church, Reform and Liberal Judaism, Unitarians, Quakers and the Church of England.
“Both Houses of Parliament have now expressed a clear view by large majorities on the principle that there should be legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales,” Bishop Right Rev. Tim Stevens of Leicester said on behalf of the Church of England.
“It is now the duty and responsibility of the Bishops who sit in the House of Lords to recognize the implications of this decision and to join with other Members in the task of considering how this legislation can be put into better shape.”
The bill is scheduled for review on the floor of the Upper House on June 17.
Staunch opponent Lord Dear may derail the bill for the upcoming hearing as he “has asked for his supporters to be ready,” according to Labour peer Lord Alli.
“We are aware that Lord Dear is intending to put down an amendment to oppose Clause 1 of the bill,” said Alli. “This is likely to come fairly early on Monday the 17th.”
Lord Dear denies any sort of action, as there are other issues to be dealt with like divorce, protecting the beliefs of teachers, and artificial insemination.
“The next stage is to go the other way, be very mature about it and see what can be done in committee,” said Lord Dear.