Caroline votes ‘No’ to same sex marriages

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Romsey’s MP, Caroline Nokes, was among the Hampshire Tories voting against the Government’s plans to legalise gay marriage this week.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was passed with a majority of 225 (400-175), thanks to the overwhelming backing of Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Other Tories joining Mrs Nokes in the “no” lobby were Julian Lewis (New Forest East), Steve Brine (Winchester), Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight) and Caroline Dinenage (Gosport).

Mrs Nokes protested that despite Government promises of a “quadruple lock” of legal protections, churches could face a court challenge if they refused to allow gay couples to marry there.

She said: “The vast majority of my constituents opposed gay marriage,” adding: “I am not convinced the safeguards sought by the Church of England have been guaranteed.”

John Denham (Southampton Itchen) and Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test) were among the vast majority of Labour MPs who voted for the bill.

Mr Denham said: “I’m in favour. I believe that gay couples should be able to celebrate their long-term love and commitment to each other as straight couples can do.”

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10:24am Sat 9 Feb 13

Crowley1970 says...

Shame on you for voting NO!
Shame on you for voting NO! Crowley1970
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10:58am Wed 13 Feb 13

LolieB says...

As I understand it, you had to vote no, as the majority of your constituents had advised that is the way they expected you to vote.

However I am saddened that this even needs to be voted on.

Whether hetrosexual or homosexual we should all have our rights to express ourselves. As one can get married anywhere then this should also be available to all.

Churches of all denominations, seem to change their minds as often as the wind changes & interpret their writings as to how they feel on a present day.

So ignore religion & give equal rights to everyone, including hetrosexual couples who do not wish to get married & so in the eyes of the law are not recognised as a legitimate couple in the same way a homosexual couple are.
As I understand it, you had to vote no, as the majority of your constituents had advised that is the way they expected you to vote. However I am saddened that this even needs to be voted on. Whether hetrosexual or homosexual we should all have our rights to express ourselves. As one can get married anywhere then this should also be available to all. Churches of all denominations, seem to change their minds as often as the wind changes & interpret their writings as to how they feel on a present day. So ignore religion & give equal rights to everyone, including hetrosexual couples who do not wish to get married & so in the eyes of the law are not recognised as a legitimate couple in the same way a homosexual couple are. LolieB
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