Notts MPs set to vote for bill that will usher in gay marriage
NOTTS politicians are voting today on whether to allow gay people to marry.
All three Nottingham MPs – Lilian Greenwood, Chris Leslie and Graham Allen – have backed the bill, but nationally the equal marriage bill has caused a rift in the Conservative party.
And the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has reaffirmed his idea of a marriage being between a man and a woman.
Local web designer Nigel Dolman, of Wysall, entered into a civil partnership with Rob Lippitt in July 2011 and said he would like to see greater equality for same-sex couples.
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He added: "It's time for equality – there should be no difference in the way homosexual couples are treated.
"We wanted to get married in a church, but obviously we weren't able to – sometimes I think the Church of England can be stuck in the past when it comes to things like this.
"We obviously love each other – we were together 22 years before deciding to enter a civil partnership – so I don't think it's fair to say that letting same-sex couples get married is undermining the idea of marriage.
"I'm sure we'll look back one day and wonder why it took so long for the law to be passed."
Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, whose constituency includes Hucknall, said he hadn't decided which way to vote.
He added: "I will not be voting against and I might end up abstaining. Government has no place in people's bedrooms and how people choose to live their lives is down to them.
"But there are a lot of people who I am tasked with representing that have concerns about the legislation being proposed and others who support it."
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry said she would support the plans. She added: "I have been repeatedly reminded that I have a very slim majority and told by many in no uncertain terms they will not vote for me in 2015 if I vote for the bill.
"If I lose in 2015 because of voting in favour of same sex marriage then so be it, but I place principle and belief before any perceived electoral advantage. I believe a young gay person should have the same expectation and right to marriage as their straight sister or brother. I respect the views of those who do not agree with me, I hope they will respect mine."
Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke has previously said he would vote in favour of the plans, and according to the Coalition for Equal Marriage, Gedling MP Vernon Coaker and Bassetlaw MP John Mann will also be voting for the plans.