St Albans and Harpenden MPs, Anne Main and Peter Lilley to vote against gay marriage

Conservative MP for St Albans, Anne Main

Conservative MP for Harpenden, Peter Lilley

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

The Conservative MPs that represent St Albans and Harpenden have said that they will not support a new bill for gay marriage.

Conservative politicians Anne Main, the member for St Albans, and Harpenden’s Peter Lilley, say they will vote against the bill for same sex marriage when it is discussed in Parliament.

The first reading of the bill, which will allow same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, will take place in the House of Commons today (Tuesday).

More than 120 Conservative politicians are expected to vote against the government’s plans.

Anne Main, who represents St Albans, said that she will not support the bill as she believes it is flawed.

She said: "Up until the day of the debate I have endeavoured to engage with and listen to groups on both sides of the argument, and I respect that both opinions are deeply held and genuinely felt.

"I also consulted widely amongst my faith communities and have discussed the matter with my bishops.

"Given the sensitivity of this matter I have encouraged people to send me their views, and as of today, nearly nine hundred contacts, some representing groups or families, have contact me opposing this bill; sixty five have contacted me in favour.

"That said I have given great consideration to this matter which is a sensitive issue. I cannot support this legislation which I think is deeply flawed and will inevitability be challenged".

Peter Lilley, the member for Harpenden, has also been inundated with feedback from residents.

He said: "I’ve had many hundreds of letters on the subject and the bulk of them have been against the change.

"It is a free vote. In general people have always respected the fact that I think about these matters and give my best judgement."

However Mr Lilley will also vote against the bill, saying: "I am not convinced that the state should seek to be the moral arbiter.

"By re-defining the work marriage in law, it opens up all sorts of unnecessary problems, not least the risk that religious organisations could be compelled under Human Right legislation to carry out ceremonies contrary to conscience."

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9:08pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Arthur Strong says...

Typical prejudiced Tories.

Why do people keep voting for these ghastly individuals?
Typical prejudiced Tories. Why do people keep voting for these ghastly individuals? Arthur Strong
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10:32am Wed 6 Feb 13

Simon Grover says...

Extraordinary that Lilley and Main both voted against equal marriage yesterday. Neither has published any arguments for doing so, as far as I can tell. Main just said she had "consulted faith leaders" and both said they'd received lots of letters from people opposed to it.

I suspect they can't give any reasons, because there aren't any except "I don't like the idea". Marriage has evolved from legalised subjugation of women to an expression of love and commitment. If it's all about having children, how come my 65 year old grandfather was allowed to re-marry when his first wife died?

There's an excellent demolition of the anti arguments here:
http://bit.ly/XilOE4
Extraordinary that Lilley and Main both voted against equal marriage yesterday. Neither has published any arguments for doing so, as far as I can tell. Main just said she had "consulted faith leaders" and both said they'd received lots of letters from people opposed to it. I suspect they can't give any reasons, because there aren't any except "I don't like the idea". Marriage has evolved from legalised subjugation of women to an expression of love and commitment. If it's all about having children, how come my 65 year old grandfather was allowed to re-marry when his first wife died? There's an excellent demolition of the anti arguments here: http://bit.ly/XilOE4 Simon Grover
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6:15pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Panglossian says...

Main consulted "faith leaders" on this issue - might as well have consulted a magic eight ball as both have equal credibility.

It is utter nonsense that this is even being discussed.

I’m personally all for gay marriage - as long as both girls are hot.
Main consulted "faith leaders" on this issue - might as well have consulted a magic eight ball as both have equal credibility. It is utter nonsense that this is even being discussed. I’m personally all for gay marriage - as long as both girls are hot. Panglossian
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6:21pm Thu 7 Feb 13

busbee says...

Quite right, Simon. Lots of people get married with no intention of having children.

Quite wrong, Peter. By banning equal marriage, you and the State are acting as moral arbiters.

The status quo "opens up all sorts of unnecessary problems, not least the risk that religious organisations" such as Quakers, be prosecuted for solemnizing LBGT marriages.

Martin Luther didn't hesitate to challenge the religious establishment. What makes Peter Lilley so sure that Churches won't challenge the law. Lutherans in Germany have already done so there - why not here?
Quite right, Simon. Lots of people get married with no intention of having children. Quite wrong, Peter. By banning equal marriage, you and the State are acting as moral arbiters. The status quo "opens up all sorts of unnecessary problems, not least the risk that religious organisations" such as Quakers, be prosecuted for solemnizing LBGT marriages. Martin Luther didn't hesitate to challenge the religious establishment. What makes Peter Lilley so sure that Churches won't challenge the law. Lutherans in Germany have already done so there - why not here? busbee
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