Following the successful passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through Parliament, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has paid tribute to the historic significance of the new legislation.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed its final stages in the House of Commons on Tuesday 16th July and is likely to receive Royal Assent – the official process which makes a bill a law – by the end of the week. It is thought that the first same-sex weddings will be able to take place by next summer.
Commenting, Mike said: “This new legislation is a historic step forward for gay rights. I first raised the issue of marriage inequality with David Cameron back in 2011 and he was right to make Same-Sex Marriage a priority for the Government. It was completely at odds with an open and democratic society to exclude gay couples from the important institution of marriage. Allowing gay couples to marry will mean a huge amount to thousands of my constituents and I look forward to attending a wedding in the near future.”