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Thirsk and Malton MP Restates Opposition to Gay Marriage

Anne McIntosh Judy Bell James Goodhart 110213

7:31pm 22nd May 2013
(Updated 11:50am 23rd May 2013)

The MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, Anne McIntosh has restated her opposition to legalise same sex marriage.

The plans were passed by the House of Commons last night but 128 Conservatives including Anne McIntosh, York Outer MP Julian Sturdy and Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams voted against.

Anne McIntosh tells Minster FM she's had around 700 letters and e-mails from constituents on gay marriage, as of last Friday with 650 backing the MP and 7 in favour of same sex marriage.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley voted in favour.

Anne McIntosh said “My understanding of marriage is very clear; it is the union of a man and a woman, for their comfort, safety and sustenance, and for the upbringing of children. Civil partnerships ensure that there is no discrimination. In my view, marriage is special and should be respected and celebrated as such.”

“As before, I shall continue to defend the definition of marriage as it currently stands and therefore I supported amendments that look to protect faith schools, marriage registrars, protect free speech, prevent public bodies from being able to punish religious bodies that do not take part in same sex weddings, ensures beliefs about traditional marriage are protected by equality law, prevent judicial review of a denomination’s decision not to opt-in to same sex weddings, clarifies that a refusal to take part in same sex weddings by a church does not constitute discrimination under equality law, and makes commencement of the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Bill dependent on approval by a majority in a national referendum.”

“I have serious reservations as to extending marriage to humanist ceremonies but would like to explore the extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. I believe the law should be as clear and transparent as possible to protect the sanctity of marriage demonstrating that men and women are different but complementary.”

“The Government’s attention should now be focused on reviving the economy at this time and as well as fulfilling our commitment made at the time of the last election of implementing the married couple’s tax allowance.”

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