On Monday, the House of Lords, the
unelected upper chamber of the British Parliament, approved a bill
which seeks to make Britain the 15th nation to legalize
The measure now heads back to the House
of Commons to reconcile amendments between the two chambers.
According to Bloomberg,
the upper house approved the bill without a vote. Last month, the
chamber defeated an amendment aimed at derailing the project. The
“wrecking amendment,” as it has been dubbed by the media, sought
to allow straight couples to enter civil partnerships. Opponents
were disappointed by the meager support the amendment received.
The measure has already cleared two
readings in the Commons; one held in February, the second in May.
If the Commons approves amendments
introduced by the Lords, the bill will be sent to Queen Elizabeth II
for her signature.
According to a YouGov poll for the
Sunday Times, 54 percent of Britons favor marriage equality.
Nine other European nations allow gay
couples to marry, the latest being France.