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Dorset MPs: "We won't vote for gay marriage"

By Darren Slade

3:43pm Monday 4th February 2013

Dorset MPs: "We won't vote for gay marriage"

SEVERAL Dorset MPs are set to defy David Cameron by voting against plans to allow gay marriage.

But one Tory who once took a hard line on gay rights issues is now an enthusiastic supporter of the idea.

There are reports that up to 120 Conservative MPs could vote against plans to legalise same-sex weddings on Tuesday, February 5.

New Forest West MP Desmond Swayne - who has said he is “deeply ashamed” of some of his past pronouncement on gay rights - said he was tired of the flood of emails and letters on the issue.

“The number of people who write to me quoting Leviticus, 'It's an abomination for a man to lie down with another man'. If you read the same passage, it's also an abomination to eat shellfish, punishable by death, or to have a haircut, punishable by death, or to wear a coat of more than one cloth,” he said.

The MP, a practising Christian, said gay marriage was legal in 10 countries, including Catholic Spain.

“Does it change my marriage? Does it change the marriage of all those people who are writing to me saying marriage will be undermined and destroyed? Why is marriage not undermined in Spain and Canada and elsewhere?

“My marriage isn't going to be undermined and changed one bit.”

But South Dorset MP Richard Drax said: “I shall be voting against because I believe it is part of Christian teaching and it is right that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

“I have nothing against the gay community, indeed the gay community was not even calling for this itself.

“This is something that has been thrust on us by the Prime Minister. My own personal view is David Cameron has no mandate for this whatsoever.”

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Conservative MP for Poole Robert Syms said he would be voting against the bill. He told the Echo he had had 1,500 letters from constituents very upset with the proposals adding: “It's not very popular with small 'c' conservatives in Poole.”

He said: “Civil partnerships have been a great success in getting rid of most of the unfairnesses in tax and benefits and everything else. I don't think that there is any particular need to go one step further and in doing so upset many, many people.”

Mid Dorset and North Poole Lib Dem MP Annette Brooke said: “I cannot say how I will be voting, as I've made a pledge to my constituents to listen to the entire debate before finally making up my mind.”

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns, who is gay and a Roman Catholic, said he had “agonised” over his stance on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill but was inclined to support it.

“The lobbying that has been undertaken by those against this bill has been some of the most unpleasant spiteful, hateful things that I've ever known,” he said.

“Some of my constituents have written in opposing it. I don't know what sort of relationship they have with their God but he's not the God of compassion that I recognise. They've been hateful.

“They talk about homosexuality being a disease that will lead to destruction of the human race and gays swirling around in a cesspool of their own making.”

He said he did not think there was a clamour for the gay marriage proposal but added: “That said, it's being presented as bringing greater equality and as a gay man I don't see how I can vote against something that's presented as bringing greater equality.”

We are opening comments on this story for a short time this morning. Please make sure you read our house rules for commenters and our terms and conditions before you post. Thanks. The Echo has asked the county's other MPs for comment and will update the story as and when they respond.

Comments(11)

Comments(11)

LGM says...
4:09pm Mon 4 Feb 13

http://i.imgur.com/F
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I think that sums it up nicely

Derf says...
4:18pm Mon 4 Feb 13

So... MP's base their decicions on a book of fairy tales about an imaginary friend?

Might as well have David Ike running the country.

contric says...
4:22pm Mon 4 Feb 13

connor burns says he agonised over his stance but was inclined to support the bill i was under the impression that you represented the electorate if you have more people telling you to support it vote for it if more people say oppose it then do that as usual nothing from the useless puppet ellwood

speedy231278 says...
4:25pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Who cares who gets married to who? Aren't there more important things to worry about like the PM lying about having reduced the country's debt, reforming the banks and generally trying to get out of the third dip of recession?

whataboutthat says...
10:09am Tue 5 Feb 13

Distraction 'debate' nobody really cares one way or another. Meanwhile, on the war front new excursions in Africa, endless corpses in the 'stan, Iraq a destabilised death hole, proxy drone wars in Pakistan, and the bills, the bills, just announced watre and sewage up 4 per cent, gas and elec up 50 per cent in three years, now Mr and Mrs Consumer, just bend over a little more, while we adjust our strike rate.

hamworthygirl says...
1:12pm Tue 5 Feb 13

speedy231278 wrote:
Who cares who gets married to who? Aren't there more important things to worry about like the PM lying about having reduced the country's debt, reforming the banks and generally trying to get out of the third dip of recession?
Was just going to post the same, get on with sorting the countries dire session please. Oh and can we have a vote on politicians keeping their wedding vows and getting sacked if they dont.

Baywolf says...
4:10pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Bigots I just bet they would want the gay vote to keep them in positions of power though

HateHypocrates says...
6:17am Wed 6 Feb 13

Connor Burns is a hypocrite. You report him here as saying he will support the new bill, yet read the truth about how he voted against it here

http://www.newslette
r.co.uk/news/local/g
ay-ulster-born-mp-co
nor-burns-not-for-sa
me-sex-marriage-1-43
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As for the rubbish spewed by others like Drax, moralising like a bigoted Christian who should not judge lest they be judged themselves, see here how Gay Marriage was an ancient Christian Rite.

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2142905/Civil-partne
rship-medieval-style
-In-days-sex-marriag
e-Christian-rite.htm
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Conor Burns is an ineffective MP and I certainly shall not be voting him in again.

bobsworthforever says...
8:51am Wed 6 Feb 13

Cameron can bring in whatever bills he likes i and many like minded people disapprove of the homosexual act always have always will.The idea behind same sex marriage is to make them appear the same we are.Not going to change my families views still totally disapprove.

HateHypocrates says...
10:22am Wed 6 Feb 13

Does Conor Burns not do any work for his constituency, seems not, he is arguing day and night about gay marriage on twitter
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https://twitter.com/
Conor_BurnsMP

HateHypocrates says...
10:25am Wed 6 Feb 13

"bobsworthforever says...
8:51am Wed 6 Feb 13
Cameron can bring in whatever bills he likes i and many like minded people disapprove of the homosexual act always have always will.The idea behind same sex marriage is to make them appear the same we are.Not going to change my families views still totally disapprove."

What "Homosexual Act" are you referring to bosworthforever ?

Do pray let us know the graphic thoughts that fill your bigoted mind.

Most bigots have one thought only when it comes to "Homosexual Acts", but i will not offend anyone by describing what is probably in your mind, but pray let me remind you, that "homosexual act" is also practiced by heterosexuals !

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