An MP has defended his decision not to vote in the equal marriage bill saying he understands the issues gay people face.
MP for Bedford and Kempston Richard Fuller told the Times & Citizen he was happy with his decision not to vote on Tuesday. The bill was passed.
He said although he personally agrees same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry, more work needs to be done to the bill as it stands.
He said: “This is another stage in the journey in the recognition of gay and lesbian people. For me that is a journey that I have been part of, perhaps one I personally understand more so than others.
“I hope that people note that I have taken into consideration all points of view in this matter. This isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of mutual understanding and respect for everyone involved.”
MP for North East Beds Alistair Burt voted in favour of the legislation that would allow same-sex couple be married in a church.
And MP for Mid Beds Nadine Dorries voted against it. She said: “I am voting strongly against the gay marriage bill with a very heavy heart. It is a poor and shoddy bill, which leaves many people of faith vulnerable and does nothing to improve equality.”