As the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, mentioned, it is not on the back of a great a wave of support for changing the agreed definition of marriage. We also have around 30 gay couples, most—but not all—in civil partnerships now, waiting for the day when they can marry under the chuppah, the wedding canopy, with their parents under that canopy, witnessing them make their vows. Frank Clark's new autobiography features memories of Fashanu from his time with Forest, and later at Leyton Orient. Forgive me, but I cannot have respect for that sort of behaviour. Could that, too, be called a marriage?
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If a committed relationship is all-important, where is the logic in not extending this to bigamous relationships? I have four comments to make about the Bill. It is also there in the Old and the New Testament. In it he wrote that he was unable to reconcile his Christianity with his sexuality, and the fact that the Bill was being considered at all was helping him combine those two facets. He was at the same time brave, generous, and honourable, and, therefore, the more liable to be entrapped by the crafty arts of Albany. It was word of mouth only.
Therefore, undoubtedly, we should move, on the basis of the arguments that have been put forward in favour of this Bill, towards making lawful the marriage of one man with two or more women, or a woman with more than one man. We must not forget that there are a substantial number of children living with same-sex couples who want their parents to have the full recognition of marriage and the protection that that gives the family. No Member of the other place has an electoral mandate to redefine marriage. It also creates new inequalities. I do not know any man or woman who has found it easy being born gay.
The Sephardi Jews —North African, Spanish and Portuguese—continued to practise polygamy in some areas, and that continued among Yemeni Jews until the s and s. For decades there have been vigorous debates about the acceptability of homosexual orientation and lifestyles. However, as I read further and, of course, before having heard the devastating critique of the noble Lord, Lord Dear , today, it became obvious that only a thorough reworking of the Bill, with a root-and-branch rethink of its proposals and their implications, could do the job. They could not get a job. I need to make it absolutely clear that, as a Labour Peer, I have always supported equality for gay men and women. Goodness me, this is