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Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014 — Motions to Approve

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 27th February 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Perry of Southwark Baroness Perry of Southwark Conservative 5:45 pm, 27th February 2014

My Lords, as one who was blessed with more than 50 years of a very happy marriage, I think it is appropriate just to pause for a moment to give tribute to marriage itself. I am so very happy for my many gay friends that they will be able to participate in something which is one of the great blessings to human beings. I join in the congratulations to my noble friend and her colleagues on having brought this legislation forward, and on speeding up the timetable and the processes. I know how very much it means to so many of my very good friends. I know that at least one of the couples who are very good friends of mine, and who are in a civil partnership, like the noble Lord, are eagerly waiting for the point at which it will be possible to translate that into a marriage.