UK Parliament Passes Landmark Same Sex Marriage Bill - UPDATED

by: Peter Jukes

Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 19:15:47 PM EST

Just a heads up about some news here in the UK which should give those campaigning for equal same sex marriage rights some hope. (I'll quote from my impending Daily Beast piece and link when the whole thing is published early tomorrow)

By a resounding majority of 400 votes to 175 the House of Commons voted on Tuesday night for the second reading of a bill according equal rights same sex couples.  The government sponsored bill represented an overwhelming victory for those campaigning for gay marriage - a victory many didn't expect to see in their lifetime. But how did the UK, which often lags behind the US on civil liberties, manage to steal another march on gay rights?

UPDATE: link to the Full Daily Beast article

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A Long Hot Summer of Health Debate - open thread

by: Peter Jukes

Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 11:36:41 AM EDT

Once again, American politics continues to dominate UK politics, especially over the misrepresentations of our National Health Service. Today's news is dominated by far right wing Tory, Daniel Hannan, who keeps appearing on Fox decrying the NHS, much to the chagrin of most the population of the UK, and his Party leader.

Meanwhile, I thought Obama's defence of his plan was urgent, angry and completely on the money. I hope that lots of Americans saw this:

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