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Cotswold MP explains why he voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP

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Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP has explained why he voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill last night.

The Conservative MP for the Cotswolds said one of the reasons he voted against the bill was because his constituents urged him to do so.

He confirmed that only a handful of constituents had written to him supporting the Bill. After the he said: “I fully support same sex couples to participate in civil ceremonies, which give them all of the rights and privileges that married couples have.

“However I believe that marriage, whether it be civil or religious, is different because it is between a husband and a wife mainly with the aim of having children.

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“Although I fully respect all of those who hold this view very strongly, Parliament has now voted to allow same sex marriage to proceed and it remains to be seen what unexpected consequences that it will cause.”

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  • ShireMe  |  February 07 2013, 12:10AM

    Whatever your feelings on the policy in question, surely it is a disturbing day for democracy when a policy can be suggested by A US president to a British PM one day and be UK law a few months later? This policy had no clamour from the populace, no clear and present need, no electoral mandate from the coalition parties' voters and discussion through committee was closed to all but a few members? One would also think that given the new front in the "War on Terror" (TM) opening up, confidence in this nations leaders at a new low, not to mention the worsening financial crisis that MPs would have more pressing matters to attend to? Seriously! One has to ask what is the point in voting in such a system when its very principles are undermined at every opportunity by the people who we vote for?

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  • Bonkim2003  |  February 06 2013, 7:51PM

    Well done - one should be free to express ones opinion in a free world - and not be intimidated by the PC brigade.

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  • raidermanuk  |  February 06 2013, 7:36PM

    Many people disapprove of same sex anything, however, in this pc climate they are unable to express such views. An indirect way of expression is to vote against anything that is related to furthering the rights of the LGBT community. Fortunately there are no thought police (yet).

  • CBCschmucks  |  February 06 2013, 3:46PM

    Good man Mr. Clifton-Brown! I'd vote for you if your ran for PM. At least someone in Government is showing some common sense for a change, instead of following the sheep. Well done.

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  • Wazzamatter  |  February 06 2013, 3:44PM

    Marriage is a contract of commitment between two people. Same sex couples are allowed to live together. Same sex couples are allowed to have a civil ceremony. So why is there a problem with same sex marriages? There should be NO problem!

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  • Ted_F  |  February 06 2013, 3:31PM

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." That would be marriage then. Tradition? - not relevent. Unique to religion? - 'fraid not (Remember the C of E would happily marry a 50 year old man to a 12 year old girl until the 1860's.)

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  • Alfredo_  |  February 06 2013, 3:29PM

    Small-minded bigotry festers in the Cotswolds.

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