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but don't call me Bill
can they just use their own opinion, ignoring the will of the MPs and the general population and ban gay marriage, or are they more there to iron out any technicalities? Because if it gets through parliament then a load of old fuddy-duddies just say "don't like them gays" then they can fuck off.
It's the upper house in our bicameral legislative system.
The Lords can vote against legislation if they wish (up to three times) but after that if the Commons still wants it to happen then it goes through.
I think the last piece of legislation that was opposed by the Lords but 'forced' through by the Commons was the fox hunting ban.
It was laughable. Half of them were sleeping. They weren't voted by the people, so even though some good has come out of it I think the general consensus is 'give a shit'.
Farage welcomes your principled stance.