Gay marriage: How Cornwall's MP's voted

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The House of Commons has overwhelmingly voted in favour of gay marriage, but how did Cornwall's MP's vote?

While MPs voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, not all of Cornwall's MP did, with two abstaining from the vote.

These were Sheryll Murray, Conservative (Southeast Cornwall) and George Eustice, Conservative (Camborne and Redruth). Andrew George, Dan Rogerson and Stephen Gilbert, all Liberal Democrat MP's voted yes, as did Sarah Newton, Conservative MP For Falmouth and Truro. 

A total of 136 Conservative MPs opposed the bill, over half the party's MP's.

David Cameron paid tribute to the decision calling it a move to create a fairer society.

He said: "Last night's vote will be seen not just as making sure there is a proper element of equality, but also helping us to build a stronger and fairer society.

"I thought many of the speeches made last night were very moving, very emotional and I would pay tribute to all those people who have actually made this case, some of them for very many years, saying they want their love to count the same way that a man and a woman's love for each other counts.

"That is what we have opened now in this country and that is why I'm proud it is this government that has brought it forward."

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9:34pm Wed 6 Feb 13

BTaylor100 says...

Interesting to consider that The Office of National Statistics says that 1.5% of the population identify themselves as gay or lesbian (2010) and that of these, polls reveal that only 39% believe that gay marriage is a priority (Civil Partnerships Survey, ComRes).
I can't quite figure out why appeasing such a tiny minority was/is such a priority, and wonder if it really has been properly thought out.
Interesting to consider that The Office of National Statistics says that 1.5% of the population identify themselves as gay or lesbian (2010) and that of these, polls reveal that only 39% believe that gay marriage is a priority (Civil Partnerships Survey, ComRes). I can't quite figure out why appeasing such a tiny minority was/is such a priority, and wonder if it really has been properly thought out. BTaylor100
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10:02pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Jean1948 says...

I think it's wonderful news and a real sign of equality for all. It will have no impact on my life, apart from the fact it will give me great joy in seeing more people join in the wonders of marriage.

I certainly believe Conservatives will lose votes in the next election, not because their leader has got this bill through but because the 130 odd MP's have shown their true colours who voted against the bill. They really are living in the dark ages.

People seem to forget the bible has so many quotes that are no longer appropriate for our fair modern world.
If we were to follow everything the bible states, women would have no voice!

Times change and for the better I say.
I think it's wonderful news and a real sign of equality for all. It will have no impact on my life, apart from the fact it will give me great joy in seeing more people join in the wonders of marriage. I certainly believe Conservatives will lose votes in the next election, not because their leader has got this bill through but because the 130 odd MP's have shown their true colours who voted against the bill. They really are living in the dark ages. People seem to forget the bible has so many quotes that are no longer appropriate for our fair modern world. If we were to follow everything the bible states, women would have no voice! Times change and for the better I say. Jean1948
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