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Thirsk and Malton MP Comes Out Against Gay Marriage


11:52am 29th January 2013
(Updated 7:08am 30th January 2013)

MP for Thirsk and Malton Anne McIntosh says she's against Government proposals to legalise same sex marriage.

Anne McIntosh said “As there were no such proposals in the Conservative Party manifesto in the last General Election, I do not believe that such a Bill is appropriate at this time.”

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

“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.”

“While it is wrong to discriminate against homosexuals, I believe it is equally wrong to discriminate against those with strong religious beliefs, such as believing that marriage between a man and a woman is special.”

“I therefore will not be supporting the same sex marriage proposals in this Bill. Our main focus should be on the economy and ensuring we reduce the deficit and the country’s debt for the long term interests of the country.” 

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