Well, Lord Alli's amendment passed! Some conservative commentators are very unhappy, seeing this as "gay marriage by stealth" while others say it will change little. Colin Coward, on the Changing Attitude blog speculates whether the amendment is really a "Trojan horse as some claim" and says,
"I very much hope so. There are many priests and parishes where civil partnerships are already celebrated and blessed in church and bishops who either turn a blind eye towards what is happening or positively encourage priests to contract a civil partnership. Conservatives would be surprised to know which bishops and how many there are."
Time will tell!