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Three Gloucestershire MPs voted in support of the historic Bill to legalise gay marriage

By jennyenews  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

Three Gloucestershire MPs voted for the Bill to legalise gay marriage.

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CONSERVATIVE MPs in Gloucestershire were split over plans to legalise gay marriage which exposed deep divisions within David Cameron's party.

And the county's only Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood for Cheltenham did not vote according to the official record. The MP later explained he had a long-standing constituency engagement last night he could not cancel and would definitely be supporting the move through its later parliamentary stages.

Conservatives Neil Carmichael for Stroud, Richard Graham for Gloucester and Mark Harper for the Forest of Dean helped the historic proposals clear their first Commons hurdle by a big margin of 400 votes to 175 – a majority of 225.

But early estimates showed 134 Tories voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill's second reading. They included Laurence Robertson for Tewkesbury and Geoffrey Clifton-Brown for the Cotswolds.

Speaking today following the Bill, Mr Clifton-Brown said he confirmed that only a handful of constituents had written supporting the Bill.  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.

"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."

Mr Robertson said afterwards: "I am of the view marriage is between a man and a woman. That's the how it's always been and how it always should be." The majority of Liberal Democrats supported the move, with just four opposed. A handful did not vote including Mr Horwood.

The Lib Dem MP said: "I had a long-standing constituency engagement which I had already postponed once. "I am absolutely in support of the Bill, and in its later stages I will be voting without question." The vote followed more than six hours of impassioned debate on the proposed legislation.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said it would make Britain "a fairer place to live", and insisted religious organisations which did not want to conduct gay marriages had protection. She claimed it was "simply inconceivable" that the European Court of Human Rights would unpick the Government's "quadruple lock" aimed at protecting religions who did not wish to opt-in to the proposals.

But Tory MPs lined up to condemn the measures, who argued they undermined marriage, would alienate voters and threaten the party's election prospects.

Responding to the result on Twitter, the Prime Minister David Cameron wrote: "Strong views exist on both sides but I believe MPs voting for gay people being able to marry too, is a step forward for our country." Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "This is a proud day and an important step forward in the fight for equality in Britain.

"The overwhelming majority of Labour MPs supported this change to make sure marriage reflects the value we place on long-term, loving relationships whoever you love. "Equal marriage builds on Labour's successes in Government which include the repeal of Section 28, equalising the age of consent, the introduction of civil partnerships and changes to the rules governing adoption."
The vote was: Neil Carmichael, Stroud, Con - Yes Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Cotswold, Con - No Richard Graham, Gloucester, Con - Yes Mark Harper, Forest of Dean, Con - Yes Martin Horwood, Cheltenham, Lib Dem – Did not vote Laurence Robertson, Tewkesbury, Con - No

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  • diogenesglos  |  February 07 2013, 7:38PM

    CTFCScout Gay people are just asking that the state views them as equal!. It seems a bit odd, that a gay person is forced to use the phrase "Will you civil union me?" I don't know why you seem to be getting all stressed. How does it affect you?. If two people love each other, and want to get married in a civil setting what's the issue? Gay people are not demanding that churches bless their marriages. The bill also has various protections for religious organisations. So I don't really see the issue. Also the church doesn't own marriage. Marriage has been around long before today's annoying religions even came into existence. If two or more people wish to marry in a civil setting, then they should be able to. Regardless of height, weight, disability, skin tone, nationality, sexuality, and gender.

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  • MissyMadDog  |  February 07 2013, 6:11PM

    It's interesting that when ever the gay argument crops up, it's mostly men who tend to protest the loudest. Women seem far more relaxed about it and more accepting, so the crux of the issue really is about male gay sex and heterosexual men seem oddly fixated with it. Girl on girl action also seems acceptable amongst straight men and high on the list of sexual fantasies of those who vilify gay men. Strange that...

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  • diogenesglos  |  February 07 2013, 4:03PM

    CBCschmucks If you find homosexual activity vile and immoral, may I suggest you take it up with a fully grown male lion. Lions are well known for their homosexual activity. I will be more than willing to drop you off at a nearby zoo. I can only hope that the male lion is either hungry or horny.

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  • MistyBuff  |  February 07 2013, 3:39PM

    Twit. If you were to spout your vile ramblings AT a gay person rather than as a keyboard warrior, you can bet your hide you would be arrested for sexual discrimination. And you're a church goer? I always believed only God could judge? Well quite honestly, if he's judging you now, he'd be appalled by your behaviour. You are an ignorant, bigoted, homophobe and you have a gutter mind.

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  • CTFCScout  |  February 07 2013, 2:54PM

    Fair do's, Misty, so in that case can I report a gay person for being heterophobic if they insult me?

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  • MistyBuff  |  February 07 2013, 12:14PM

    ''Vile and immoral lifestyle''? Not defamatory??? Oh please. It's homophobia to the extreme! Extremely rude and bigoted.

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  • CTFCScout  |  February 07 2013, 10:13AM

    Misty, there is ignorance on the other side of the argument as well. Just because you don't agree with what somebody is saying, it does not make them ignorant. There is nothing defamatory in any of the posts.

  • MistyBuff  |  February 07 2013, 9:56AM

    Something not right about this comments feed at all. How does the most ignorant of mutterings get so many greens? I simply can't believe there's not been some doctoring of results here. I also believe that two of the commenters are one and the same. Good old TiG. *sigh*

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  • CTFCScout  |  February 06 2013, 11:11PM

    CBC, I will GLADLY buy you a pint if our paths ever cross. You've hit the nail on the head there. However, let us NOT turn our anger on the homosexuals - let us turn our anger on those who refuse to stand up for the silent majority. Let us kick Harper and Graham out, and then go for Cameron and his cronies. Stand up and fight for GREAT Britain, because those *******s want to do to hit what Hitler failed to do. I quote our greatest leader: 'We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,' WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER!

  • lordigaga  |  February 06 2013, 8:58PM

    "what a dump of a country we live in", only a fool or someone who has only been as far as Weston would say or believe that. THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD, AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT!!!!!

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