Beckenham MP Bob Stewart opposes gay marriage 'on point of principle'

Beckenham MP Bob Stewart opposes gay marriage

Beckenham MP Bob Stewart opposes gay marriage

First published in Bromley News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BOB Stewart has confirmed he will oppose gay marriage on a "point of principle" when the controversial vote reaches Parliament next year.

The Beckenham MP says, despite having grown to accept civil partnerships, he continues to oppose gay people having a formal marriage ceremony and has written to the Prime Minister David Cameron to inform him of his views.

More than 110 of the 303 Conservative MPs are thought to be planning to oppose the bill in what could be the biggest Tory rebellion of modern times.

It will be a free vote, meaning MPs are allowed to vote as they wish and not as directed by party managers.

Mr Stewart said: "To me marriage is a sacrament and, by definition, religion and tradition, a union between a man and a woman. 

"As such, I view marriage, whether organised simply by the state or a combination of church, temple, mosque and state, to be different to civil partnerships and special in a unique way. 

"Personally I am not in the least homophobic and have great and true friends who are gay."

He said: "I accept civil partnerships now although I must admit that I was vehemently against them when I was a young man.  Of course we lived in different times then and society has changed - me with it.

"On a point of principle I have informed the government that, should there be a vote in the House of Commons asking MPs to vote in favour of so-called gay marriages, I will not support the idea. I have also signed the Coalition for Marriage petition."

The former British Army Officer, who became an MP in 2010, added: "I have informed the Prime Minister, in written form and properly through the Chief Whip that I will not be supporting or voting for it under any circumstance."

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11:10am Wed 5 Dec 12

ron.1952 says...

" I must admit that I was vehemently against them when I was a young man. Of course we lived in different times then and society has changed - me with it. "

Don't say another word Bob, just change a little more. We will all look back in years to come and wonder what was all that fuss over....nothing !

Ronny.
" I must admit that I was vehemently against them when I was a young man. Of course we lived in different times then and society has changed - me with it. " Don't say another word Bob, just change a little more. We will all look back in years to come and wonder what was all that fuss over....nothing ! Ronny. ron.1952
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1:55pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Wispy Wonder says...

Why the hell would same-sex couples want to get married? You can be just as miserable without making it legally binding.
Why the hell would same-sex couples want to get married? You can be just as miserable without making it legally binding. Wispy Wonder
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9:04am Thu 6 Dec 12

DollyG says...

Well said Bob; I'm with you all the way.
There is no good reason for same sex marriage and changing the meaning of the word.
Well said Bob; I'm with you all the way. There is no good reason for same sex marriage and changing the meaning of the word. DollyG
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5:07pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Richard Comaish says...

Interesting to learn that MP Bob's disregard for the LGBT community seems to exceed that expressed towards those of different (non-/)faith communities. Thank goodness they haven't got their own territories for him to burn and plunder!
Interesting to learn that MP Bob's disregard for the LGBT community seems to exceed that expressed towards those of different (non-/)faith communities. Thank goodness they haven't got their own territories for him to burn and plunder! Richard Comaish
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