to safeguard religious organisations from being forced to conduct same sex marriages, however in 2013 the Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester has called marriage between a man and a woman "a social institution which predates both church and state" and that what he described as an "absence of overwhelming public consensus for change ought to give pause for thought", The Bill was examined by the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Committee, a Public Bill Committee established to scrutinise the Bill line-by-line.
The Committee made no amendments to the Bill and returned it to the House of Commons on 12 March 2013.
Prior to its scrutiny of the Bill, the Committee heard evidence from a number of witnesses.
The amended Bill returned to the House of Commons for approval of the amendments on 16 July 2013, which the House approved on the same day.
The Queen granted Royal Assent to the Bill on 17 July 2013, thereby becoming The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.
The bill was therefore expected to be faced with a difficult hurdle, including strong, vocal opposition.
A rarely used "wrecking" motion was tabled by Lord Dear, to effectively reject the bill in full, in place of its second reading.
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