An MP has revealed he will ignore his personal feelings on gay marriage after a letter was sent to him urging him to support legislation that will allow same-sex marriages.
Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, will this week meet with the Bedford Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (BeLGBT) group to listen to its views on the issue.
He said: “I will ignore my own personal feelings on the issue, which is that I am for equal marriages.
“But I have had an overwhelming number of people say they don’t want to see the government press ahead with these proposals. I have to take into account all my constituents’ views on this. But on the other hand I have had people approach who are very much for it.”
Former Bedford resident Anthony Maxwell, who is gay and supports the move, has written to Mr Fuller urging him to vote in favour of the legislation
In the letter he said: “I beg that you prove how progressive the Conservative Party can be and vote ‘Yes’ to equal marriage when the time comes. Do not abstain, please show the gay community of Bedford that you see them as equal and prove it.”
Anthony, 31, came out when he was 16 years old, but was left with a hostile reaction. His his friends were heckled on the street, he was called a “homo” by colleagues, and was told he could not give blood when he was 18 because of his sexuality.
He added: “It was very hard for me at the time, but atttitudes have changed so much since then, and that needs to recognised by the law.”
MP for Mid Beds Nadine Dorries has said she does not know which way she will vote yet, and Alistair Burt, MP for North East Beds, who is a Christian, will be voting in favour of same-sex marriage.
To read Anthony’s open letter go to http://anthonyjohnmaxwell.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/an-open-letter-to-richard-fuller-mp-for-bedford-and-kempston-on-the-subject-of-equal-marriage/