Just to let everyone know the news reported below and also reported on the BBC, with a vote of 168 to 122 an inspite of several impassioned speeches in opposition by the Anglican hierarchy.
The regulations have now been approved by both Houses and enter into force on the 30th April.
I will blog about the debate later.
For now I will simply say "Praise be".
I, along with many other colleagues in the Labour Party and union movement (especially noting UNISON's LGBT committee which has been camapigning almost solidly on this for a year and a half, as has the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights).
We argued our case, campaigned, lobbied and argued. It was never easy, never a given and we never gave up even when we were told there was no hope.
We faced huge opposition from the religious right, that has now become an entrenched force in our political life (sadly). We have now acquired vicious and determined enemies that include no less than the entire hierarchy of the Church of England (no bother - they also opposed an equal age of consent and the removal of section 28). Yet the record will reflect who our enemies and this hatred of us will not melt away immediately, though no doubt will do so with time.
So I will be raising a glass (or two .....) to a great piece of work including many, many people and - all in all - a job well done.
Now for the next challenge.
Really good coverage (as always) - especially about the 'rally' on the Zefrog blogsite.
More comment to be added later. Bye for now.