Bromley and Beckenham MPs vote against gay marriage
PUBLISHED: 10:13 06 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:27 06 February 2013
MPs voted in favour of same sex marriage legislation yesterday, though two of Bromley's politicians registered their opposition.
Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill and Beckenham MP Bob Stewart both voted against gay marriage, adding to the 136 conservatives who did not side with Prime Minister David Cameron.
However, despite the opposition from his party, 400 MPs voted in favour of the legislation - including Orpington MP Jo Johnson.
Mr Stewart, 63, said his vote reflected a constituency where “thirty times” more people had encouraged him to oppose gay marriage.
He said: “I believe, that all other things being equal, a family consisting of a mother and father is the best environment in which to bring up children.
“I know that same sex couple who choose to bring up children are often superb parents, but as I mentioned I would prefer that children have a mum and a dad.
“I have been approached by thirty times more constituents from the Beckenham constituency encouraging me to vote against equal marriage than those who are in favour of it.
“Therefore my vote, which is of course my free choice, reflects the majority opinion of those who have contacted me with on this issue in the Beckenham constituency.”