MPs vote in favour of gay marriage

Ledbury Reporter: The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill won the backing of 400 MPs The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill won the backing of 400 MPs

MPs have voted in favour of gay marriage.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has received the backing of 400 MPs, with just 175 voting against.

The decision has been welcomed by Worcester publican Lee Winters, who now hopes to be able to marry his partner. 

The landlord of the Brewery Tap in Lowesmoor, said he has been longing for the day when he can tie the knot.

"It has been a long time coming - I am looking to get married to my partner this year so it will have a huge impact on me,” he said.

“It is definitely something I have been waiting for.

“I would like to get married and to do it properly and I don’t see any reason why I should not be allowed to.”

He said a lot of people in Worcester would be “chuffed to bits” that the vote had gone through.

“Getting married is a fundamental thing,” he added. “You cannot help who you love.

“I was born this way, it is not a fashion statement.”

Mr Winters, who is managing director of Worcester LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Network, will now hope Bill becomes law.

Tonight  MPs voted by a majority of 225 votes to approve it. Among those who supported it were Worcester MP Robin Walker and Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff.

But it was not as clear cut for other county MPs - with Harriett Baldwin, who represents West Worcestershire abstaining and Wyre Forest’s Mark Garnier changing his mind and voting against it.

Mrs Baldwin said: “"I am aware that this change was not explicitly outlined in the manifesto on which I stood for election and many constituents have contacted me with a range of questions and objections.

“Some questions remain unanswered by the bill in its current form.”

Mr Garnier told your Worcester News back in December how he was “pretty relaxed” about the bill and was prepared to support the principle of it.

But he released a statement saying the sheer scale of opposition to it from constituents led to him voting it down.

He said too many people were “concerned about the implications.”

The bill specifies that the Church of England will be banned from offering same-sex marriages, but allows any other religious groups to “opt in” and hold one.

* The bill will now go to a committee in the House of Commons which will be tasked with scrutinising it and can make amendments.

It will then go for a third and final reading in the commons where they will be asked to look at any changes before it goes to the House of Lords.

The lords can sent it back to the commons for further revisions but if it is backed, it then goes on to become law.

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7:54pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Biggles says...

Boo hiss !
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Aw well you can't win them all, the happy clappy brigade will be delighted I imagine.
Boo hiss ! . Aw well you can't win them all, the happy clappy brigade will be delighted I imagine. Biggles

7:56pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Gillian1961 says...

They will not let women Bishops in church but will allow gay marriages what is the world coming to
They will not let women Bishops in church but will allow gay marriages what is the world coming to Gillian1961

8:03pm Tue 5 Feb 13

19joshua87 says...

And finally we can start to embrace the future instead of burrowing our heads in the past.
And finally we can start to embrace the future instead of burrowing our heads in the past. 19joshua87

8:08pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Biggles says...

Gillian1961 wrote:
They will not let women Bishops in church but will allow gay marriages what is the world coming to
I imagine, but may be wrong, that female bishops will be allowed before the C of E does a homosexual marrage.
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For me the only good thing about this, is my church is exempt.
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It isn't law yet anyway, I wonder how long it'll be held up ?
[quote][p][bold]Gillian1961[/bold] wrote: They will not let women Bishops in church but will allow gay marriages what is the world coming to[/p][/quote]I imagine, but may be wrong, that female bishops will be allowed before the C of E does a homosexual marrage. . For me the only good thing about this, is my church is exempt. . It isn't law yet anyway, I wonder how long it'll be held up ? Biggles

8:42pm Tue 5 Feb 13

The Doosra says...

Biggles wrote:
Boo hiss !
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Aw well you can't win them all, the happy clappy brigade will be delighted I imagine.
Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will be relieved.
[quote][p][bold]Biggles[/bold] wrote: Boo hiss ! . Aw well you can't win them all, the happy clappy brigade will be delighted I imagine.[/p][/quote]Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will be relieved. The Doosra

8:48pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Malvernrob says...

The Doosra wrote:
Biggles wrote:
Boo hiss !
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Aw well you can't win them all, the happy clappy brigade will be delighted I imagine.
Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will be relieved.
Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will not be relieved, appalled maybe, but not relieved.
[quote][p][bold]The Doosra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biggles[/bold] wrote: Boo hiss ! . Aw well you can't win them all, the happy clappy brigade will be delighted I imagine.[/p][/quote]Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will be relieved.[/p][/quote]Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will not be relieved, appalled maybe, but not relieved. Malvernrob

9:00pm Tue 5 Feb 13

The Doosra says...

Malvernrob wrote:
The Doosra wrote:
Biggles wrote:
Boo hiss !
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Aw well you can't win them all, the happy clappy brigade will be delighted I imagine.
Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will be relieved.
Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will not be relieved, appalled maybe, but not relieved.
Why would that be then?
[quote][p][bold]Malvernrob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Doosra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biggles[/bold] wrote: Boo hiss ! . Aw well you can't win them all, the happy clappy brigade will be delighted I imagine.[/p][/quote]Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will be relieved.[/p][/quote]Anyone with a sense of justice and fair play will not be relieved, appalled maybe, but not relieved.[/p][/quote]Why would that be then? The Doosra

9:17pm Tue 5 Feb 13

TDH123 says...

Robin Walker will NOT be having my vote again!!
Robin Walker will NOT be having my vote again!! TDH123

9:27pm Tue 5 Feb 13

pinkfluff says...

At long last a step in the right direction!!! I am very happy.

(Wish you could have seen this....may have helped you stay strong a little longer. RIP)
At long last a step in the right direction!!! I am very happy. (Wish you could have seen this....may have helped you stay strong a little longer. RIP) pinkfluff

7:36am Wed 6 Feb 13

psychoflump says...

Honestly, anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is a bigot. I saw a few people interviewed on TV about their objection to this bill, they were all at great pains to stress they weren't bigots. They can delude themselves all they want, most of them were older people so they'll be dying off soon, and their ridiculous views along with them.
Honestly, anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is a bigot. I saw a few people interviewed on TV about their objection to this bill, they were all at great pains to stress they weren't bigots. They can delude themselves all they want, most of them were older people so they'll be dying off soon, and their ridiculous views along with them. psychoflump

8:19am Wed 6 Feb 13

green49 says...

psychoflump says...
7:36am Wed 6 Feb 13
Honestly, anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is a bigot. I saw a few people interviewed on TV about their objection to this bill, they were all at great pains to stress they weren't bigots. They can delude themselves all they want, most of them were older people so they'll be dying off soon, and their ridiculous views along with them.

Thats the view of a bigot.
psychoflump says... 7:36am Wed 6 Feb 13 Honestly, anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is a bigot. I saw a few people interviewed on TV about their objection to this bill, they were all at great pains to stress they weren't bigots. They can delude themselves all they want, most of them were older people so they'll be dying off soon, and their ridiculous views along with them. Thats the view of a bigot. green49

8:34am Wed 6 Feb 13

psychoflump says...

green49 wrote:
psychoflump says...
7:36am Wed 6 Feb 13
Honestly, anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is a bigot. I saw a few people interviewed on TV about their objection to this bill, they were all at great pains to stress they weren't bigots. They can delude themselves all they want, most of them were older people so they'll be dying off soon, and their ridiculous views along with them.

Thats the view of a bigot.
No. That's the view of someone that thinks everyone should have the same rights, regardless of sex, gender, race, sexual persuasion.

I'm fed up with religion and their cult members getting an easy pass. If an employer decided not to hire someone because they were a woman, black, gay they'd rightfully be taken to task over it. Stick a "region" label on it and that's ok then. Pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: psychoflump says... 7:36am Wed 6 Feb 13 Honestly, anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is a bigot. I saw a few people interviewed on TV about their objection to this bill, they were all at great pains to stress they weren't bigots. They can delude themselves all they want, most of them were older people so they'll be dying off soon, and their ridiculous views along with them. Thats the view of a bigot.[/p][/quote]No. That's the view of someone that thinks everyone should have the same rights, regardless of sex, gender, race, sexual persuasion. I'm fed up with religion and their cult members getting an easy pass. If an employer decided not to hire someone because they were a woman, black, gay they'd rightfully be taken to task over it. Stick a "region" label on it and that's ok then. Pathetic. psychoflump

8:53am Wed 6 Feb 13

Dickie of Dodderhill says...

Come on Worcester News,

take a look at your front page, lead story about Gay weddings, next to a photograph of a Bride to be checking out her wedding dress
Come on Worcester News, take a look at your front page, lead story about Gay weddings, next to a photograph of a Bride to be checking out her wedding dress Dickie of Dodderhill

9:23am Wed 6 Feb 13

ushmush83 says...

Oh my, whatever next? They'll be wanting to abolish slavery and give women the vote soon! We must stop this people of Great Britain.
Oh my, whatever next? They'll be wanting to abolish slavery and give women the vote soon! We must stop this people of Great Britain. ushmush83

10:07am Wed 6 Feb 13

GlamBam says...

I am 52 and gay and quite truthfuly did not care less about gay marriage untill all the old usual bigots and comments came out . Now im all for it ... When people say about family values , religious freedoms being taken from them - Hey... Im from a normal family - I'm gay - get over it ...If people want to get married whatever sex let them , No religion is being forced to perform same sex marriages ... Its like 1972 out there ..........
I am 52 and gay and quite truthfuly did not care less about gay marriage untill all the old usual bigots and comments came out . Now im all for it ... When people say about family values , religious freedoms being taken from them - Hey... Im from a normal family - I'm gay - get over it ...If people want to get married whatever sex let them , No religion is being forced to perform same sex marriages ... Its like 1972 out there .......... GlamBam

12:47pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Carter Magna says...

ushmush83 wrote:
Oh my, whatever next? They'll be wanting to abolish slavery and give women the vote soon! We must stop this people of Great Britain.
Women have the vote?! ;)

Gay people have just as much right to be miserable as straight people do.
[quote][p][bold]ushmush83[/bold] wrote: Oh my, whatever next? They'll be wanting to abolish slavery and give women the vote soon! We must stop this people of Great Britain.[/p][/quote]Women have the vote?! ;) Gay people have just as much right to be miserable as straight people do. Carter Magna

9:27am Thu 7 Feb 13

ushmush83 says...

What??? Women have the vote? No wonder this country is going down hill. I suppose you'll be telling me women are allowed to own land next? A bleeding disgrace is what it is! I'm fetching my pen of rage to write to Mr Cameron about the damage these homo-sexuarlies and femalites are doing to our once great nation.
What??? Women have the vote? No wonder this country is going down hill. I suppose you'll be telling me women are allowed to own land next? A bleeding disgrace is what it is! I'm fetching my pen of rage to write to Mr Cameron about the damage these homo-sexuarlies and femalites are doing to our once great nation. ushmush83

12:15am Tue 12 Feb 13

Biggles says...

psychoflump wrote:
green49 wrote: psychoflump says... 7:36am Wed 6 Feb 13 Honestly, anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is a bigot. I saw a few people interviewed on TV about their objection to this bill, they were all at great pains to stress they weren't bigots. They can delude themselves all they want, most of them were older people so they'll be dying off soon, and their ridiculous views along with them. Thats the view of a bigot.
No. That's the view of someone that thinks everyone should have the same rights, regardless of sex, gender, race, sexual persuasion. I'm fed up with religion and their cult members getting an easy pass. If an employer decided not to hire someone because they were a woman, black, gay they'd rightfully be taken to task over it. Stick a "region" label on it and that's ok then. Pathetic.
Hmmmm, what about smokers ?
[quote][p][bold]psychoflump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: psychoflump says... 7:36am Wed 6 Feb 13 Honestly, anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is a bigot. I saw a few people interviewed on TV about their objection to this bill, they were all at great pains to stress they weren't bigots. They can delude themselves all they want, most of them were older people so they'll be dying off soon, and their ridiculous views along with them. Thats the view of a bigot.[/p][/quote]No. That's the view of someone that thinks everyone should have the same rights, regardless of sex, gender, race, sexual persuasion. I'm fed up with religion and their cult members getting an easy pass. If an employer decided not to hire someone because they were a woman, black, gay they'd rightfully be taken to task over it. Stick a "region" label on it and that's ok then. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]Hmmmm, what about smokers ? Biggles

12:23am Tue 12 Feb 13

psychoflump says...

^ Yep. They can get married too, if anyone can stand to get near the god-awful smell.
^ Yep. They can get married too, if anyone can stand to get near the god-awful smell. psychoflump

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