MP defends his opting out of vote into gay marriage

b10-1021 MP Richard Fuller overlooking Westminster Bridge, London.
b10-1021 MP Richard Fuller overlooking Westminster Bridge, London.

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.”