No religious minister will have to conduct same-sex weddings. We have seen recent attempts by liberal members to get the church to take a more inclusive approach towards gender and sexuality, but these have been rebuffed by conservatives. Marriage exists to keep the parents exclusively committed to each other, because, on average, that is the best and most stable environment for children.
No doubt some of our constituents who urge us to vote against the Bill do so out of an intolerance of same-sex relationships per se, or even homophobia. This is not a Bill that has equality at its heart. I like and respect Mr Proctor, but I disagree with his point of view, and I look forward to voting for same-sex marriage this evening.
I am not justifying any condemnation of sin like homosexuality…. Andrew, this is actually very encouraging because I myself was a former drug dealer and addict and also loved alcohol and I still, even today, fight the urge to do drugs again, especially pot.
I have so may concerns about my own blood daughter. I have friends and family that are gay. God Bless and Good Luck! His Christian counselor told him that it was good that he had sex with this woman to help recover from his sex addiction to men.
I suggest you read 1st John chapter 3. Be encouraged. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.
I would like to put on record my appreciation of those individuals who have treated me with courtesy and respect such that I can, in conscience, support the Bill this evening without fear or favour. Labour in government equalised the age of consent, ended the ban on LGBT people serving in our armed forces and made homophobia a hate crime—measures that were controversial at the time, yet now have widespread support.
Friend the Member for Rhondda has since celebrated his own civil partnership as a result of that Bill. If marriage is to stay relevant, to stay important and to remain a crucial part of our family and social relationships, it also has to remain in tune with the values of every generation, and that means that it should keep up with rightly changing attitudes towards homosexuality.
It is about giving those who want to get married the opportunity to do so, while protecting the rights of those who do not agree with same-sex marriage. Gentleman later, as I promised to do so to other Members first.
He loves you. I welcome this historic Bill, which I think will end a form of discrimination and, perhaps more crucially, send a signal that this House values everybody equally across our country.