Only 24 per cent disagreed. I am sure that my noble friend Lady Hodgson will agree to meet the noble Baroness in due course, but I hope that at this stage she will withdraw her amendment. Maria Miller Commons. Clause 5, as amended, agreed.
That would be very unhelpful, particularly as the Church of England is in the middle of a process of discussion of the issues. I do not profess for one moment that we necessarily have it right, but it is really important that we have this debate, especially as we are now talking about marriage being dissolved so that people can go into another form of relationship.
That is the question for the Church of England.
At this stage, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment, and I reserve the right to come back to the matter at a later stage. It concluded that this was a justification for the provisions now contained in the Act, which provides for religious organisations to decide whether or not to conduct same-sex marriage.
We are now beyond two years since the Administration in Northern Ireland fell. Instead, it simply means that if the Church were to change its position at any time, as some of us hope it will, and decide to authorise its clergy to solemnise same-sex marriage, it would not have to appeal to Parliament to change the law to allow it to do so.
British Indian Ocean Territory. However, for today, and it is for today, if the Committee agrees, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment, but I reserve the right to bring it back on Report.
Chris Smith elected as first openly gay MP. Labouchere Amendment introduced. It only remains for me to say in response to the noble Lords, Lord Faulkner of Worcester , Lord Collins of Highbury and Lord Cashman, that the wider debate about the nature of marriage is going on right across society, particularly in the Church of England, the Church in Wales and in other churches, and it will continue.
Sets out certain exceptions to the general rule. It made me feel, in my country, not equal, not worthy of the Church rejoicing in my love, not worthy of being born in the eyes of God and being seen as equal. I set out at length at Second Reading the unfairness and injustice sibling couples who are committed to each other in strong, stable and platonic associations have endured for far too long because they are denied civil partnerships.