Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:03 pm on 5th February 2013.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats 3:03 pm, 5th February 2013

I will be voting against the timetable motion for just that reason, but I shall support the Bill. Edmund in “King Lear” said, “Stand up for bastards”. We need to stand up for gay people and their civil rights, but we also need to seek maximum consensus. A restrictive programme motion, therefore, would not be the right way forward.