Yesterday, by an overwhelming 242-vote margin, the UK's House of Lords defeated an attempt to kill a marriage equality bill, advancing it to the next stage in the parliamentary process instead.
The 390-148 vote came after two days of sometimes colorful debate. For example, Baroness Jill Knight -- the 85-year-old conservative peer who introduced Britain's notorious Section 28 -- explained that she opposed marriage equality because God made blind people. Seriously. PinkNews reports:
[Knight] said "a higher authority" than any peer, had "already decided that people are not equal," because "some people can see, others are blind."
She went on to offer a stereotype about gay people, saying they are "delightful," and "very artistic," before observing that men can't "bear a child," that women can't "produce sperm," and that "no law on earth can change that."
Other anti-gay Lords worried that marriage equality would lead to polgyamy and incest, wondered whether a future lesbian Queen's baby would be able to inherit the Throne, and claimed that other countries which allowed same-sex marriage experienced a "precipitious" decline in opposite-sex weddings as a result.