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BREAKING NEWS: Equal Marriage Vote Carried

I am pleased to report that the House of Commons voted in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples by 400 in favour to 175 against.

Reading West MP Alok Sharma voted in favour of the bill.

Reading East MP Rob Wilson abstained.

Following the vote, Alok said: “I have huge respect for the passionate and genuinely held views of those who oppose this legislation.  They stem from profound and deeply held beliefs, often founded in religion. However, I have always been consistent in my view.  We already have civil partnerships for same sex couples who enjoy many of the same rights as married couples. And therefore the introduction of same sex marriage will not, in my view, represent a major revolution in the law.”

Alok continued: “The key for me was to confirm that the Bill has the safeguards to ensure that no religious institution can be forced, against its wishes, to marry any same sex, or indeed heterosexual, couples.  I believe the Bill contains those safeguards and that is an assurance I have also received from Ministers.”

Alok concluded: “I also do not believe that there can be a successful challenge to these safeguards in Europe.  Religious freedom is guaranteed and enshrined under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Court has recently confirmed that same-sex marriage is a matter for each individual state to decide upon. Interestingly Spain, which is a predominantly Catholic country, introduced same-sex marriage in 2005 and has not seen a single challenge in Europe.”


February 5, 2013 - Posted by | National


  1. No surprise there! Now what about Rob Wilson, how did he vote on this issue?

    Comment by steve foley | February 5, 2013 | Reply

    • Steve – Rob abstained.

      Comment by Richard Willis | February 5, 2013 | Reply

  2. I HAD hoped he would vote against but half a loaf as they say

    Comment by steve foley | February 5, 2013 | Reply

  3. I am saddened, sickened but NOT surprised at this vote.

    To the 175 MPs of whatever party who voted against this dreadful idea God will reward you in this life or the next for your rejecting this abomination. To the 400 who voted the other way, woe unto thee. One day you will stand naked and trembling before your God and have to answer for your actions tonight.

    Britain was once a Christian Country and the Conservative Party one which preserved Family Values but I fear we are sliding towards National Apostasy. God help us all!

    Comment by Steve Foley | February 5, 2013 | Reply

    • Steve – that is a bigotted and offensive comment!

      You are entitled to disagree with equal marriage rights but please keep your comments respectful of others who disagree with you. This was a conscience vote and many practising Christians voted in favour of allowing same sex couples the right to show their love for one another through a civil marriage. Religious institutions can decide whether they wish to follow suit but a modern and democratic state should not prevent two adults marrying just because they are of the same gender!

      Comment by Richard Willis | February 5, 2013 | Reply

      • I stand with my God and His Laws. Block me if you wish and delete my post if you so desire.

        As has been said “Choose ye this dsy who ye shall serve”. I have.

        Comment by steve foley | February 5, 2013

  4. It’s your blog Richard and you can permit or forbid posts as you think fit. We still AFAIK have some degree of Freedom of Speech but do what makes you happier and if that is to delete my postings then so mote it be. Your call.

    .I know what I think, believe in and feel and thankfully I bow the knee to no mortal Leader but to HE who reigns over us all.

    Comment by Steve Foley | February 5, 2013 | Reply

  5. So where does it end? How long before we have incestuous marriages? Or marriages between 14 year olds? What if a man wants to marry his horse? When will these particular “wrongs” become “right”?

    After all if the parties involved love each other then it should be allowed, shouldn’t it? They too are entited to equal rights, aren’t they?

    Marriage has certainly changed but “evolved”, as in so many cases, is entirely the wrong word.

    Comment by Bongo | February 6, 2013 | Reply

    • I do not intend to reply to Bongo and neither commend nor commend their obsevations on this very contentious issue.

      I AM however mindful of your condemnation of my post on this topic as being “offensive” although it was couched in far less robust language and made no reference to incest or bestiality therein .

      I am therefore most interested to read your reply to Bongo’s posting above.

      Comment by steve foley | February 6, 2013 | Reply

    • Bongo – that is a pathetic comment. There is no linkage between gay marriage and incest or 14 year old marriages (although for much of the history of civilisation children married and the world didnt end)! I am also not sure if you seriously think that a horse can profess love!

      Comment by Richard Willis | February 6, 2013 | Reply

  6. For once in my life I agree entirely with Richard’s comments. Shame on Wilson for abstaining.

    Comment by Phil the Greek | February 6, 2013 | Reply

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