Bromley MPs voice their opinions on same-sex marriage
PUBLISHED: 12:01 17 December 2012 | UPDATED: 12:36 17 December 2012
With more than 100 conservatives set to vote against gay marriage in Parliament, Bromley's MPs voice their opinions on the matter.
Bob Stewart, Beckenham MP
Marriage is a sacrament and by definition, religion and tradition a union between a man and a woman.
I view marriage, whether organised simply by the state or a combination of church and state, to be different to civil partnerships and special in a unique way.
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.
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.
Bob Neill, Bromley and Chislehurst MP
I will be looking at the government’s proposals because, whilst I’m in favour of the equality of people, I’m concerned about the impact, for example, on churches.
They might have objections and might find difficulties in performing same sex ceremonies.
Jo Johnson, Orpington MP
There is a big difference between religious marriages, conducted in churches or other religious institutions, and secular civil marriages held in register offices or approved premises such as hotels.
There’s no call for gay marriage to be politically imposed on religious institutions and I am glad to have received assurances that the government has no intention of doing anything of the sort.
Given that we live in a society committed to rooting out discrimination, it is right to consider whether to broaden access to civil marriage so that more couples can benefit from an institution that can bring great happiness.