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Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle: ‘Gay marriage is just not on’

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  1. wow you know i have never heard such a strong argument against same sex marriage!… (sarcasm)

    1. That There Other David 17 Dec 2012, 6:10pm

      To be fair, it’s no less logical than the other arguments we’ve been hearing for months ;-)

    2. “Gay marriage is just not on.” Actually, I think it’s an improvement on what the bigots usually come up with! Nonetheless, it’s clear we’re not dealing with a great intellect here. I bet Cleggie’s cringing like crazy over this!!!

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 6:48pm

        An miniscule improvement for a bigot. They’re in all 3 parties it seems, the majority in the nasty party of course. Birtwistle’s seat may just not be on in 2015. I hope he’s voted out. The Liberal Democrats are in decline anyway. I won’t be surprised if Labour wins with a mandate. Failure to get equal marriage through safely will guarantee it. So those voting no do so at their own peril. I can’t imagine they’ll be content with Labour policies for 5 or 10 years affecting their lives directly.

        1. Bobbleobble 17 Dec 2012, 7:56pm

          He’ll almost certainly be out in 2015. He squeaked into a Labour heartland and the seat had previously been held by a Labour MP with big dark clouds over her head after an expenses scandal (Kittie Usher). His majority is around 1500 but it won’t hold up.

          1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 9:46pm

            I figured as much. Maybe that’s why he feels so empowered to declare his intention, nothing to lose. He doesn’t belong in the Liberal Democratic party. Another thing, he’s supposed to uphold party policy and equal marriage is one of them. He should have been ejected by Clegg just like that other Lib Dem idiot mouthing off about her religious beliefs, can’t recall her name.

        2. This guy is a square peg in a round hole. he should defect to UKIP asap. I, for one, will continue to vote Lib Dem for the time being. Although I waver between them and Labour, I will support them because they have supported us. Lynne Featherstone is my MP and I will certainly be voting for her. It’s a national embarrassment that UKIP are now in 3rd place. I hope it’s temporary.

  2. Garry Cassell 17 Dec 2012, 6:08pm

    Some of these trolls just need to see their face on the news or newspaper…most are too stupid to realize their statements or garbage that pour from their mouths make them so insane and foolish…what koots????

  3. A question from Italy: Are the votes there? Are there enough votes to pass marriage equality?

    1. calvin, it’s still looking good for getting legislation through the House of Commons. I’m less certain about the House of Lords and have suggested that the Campaign For Equal Marriage start polling the voting intentions of peers…

      1. Thanks for the reply.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 6:41pm

      No, they’re not as of now. We only know of roughly 293 and we need far more, at least 326, but more would be better. We don’t know how the others will vote, none have indicated which way. Maybe it will become more apparent as the legislation approaches Parliament. All we’ve been getting lately are those voting NO, not many publicly declaring they’ll vote yes.

      1. Thank you.

      2. Bobbleobble 17 Dec 2012, 7:57pm


        We’re up to 297 now including Galloway who hadn’t said one way or the other until recently.

        I still think there’ll be 400+ votes in favour in the Commons which will make it hard for the Lords to block it indefinitely.

      3. 320 is the magic number as the Speaker doesn’t vote, Sinn Fein don’t take their seats at Westminster and the SNP abstain on devolved issues.

        We can relax a bit – the Tory homophobes highest projections for no is around 130, lets err on huge side of caution and say 150 vote no. That’s still 150 Tories in favour. Add the vast majority of LibDem and Lab MPs and equal marriage will pass with a stonking majority. Maybe even 3-1.

        I also think the fears for the Lords are overblown. It’ll pass there too and probably fairly comfortably. Equal marriage is coming :)

        1. Bobbleobble 17 Dec 2012, 10:51pm

          The Speaker’s deputies don’t vote either so that’s another 3 off the list.

          1. There only needs to be a majority of MPs who actually turn up to vote in Parliament. For example, if only 300 MPs turn up to vote, then it could get passed with 151 votes.

      4. The Spectator did an excellent analysis of the HoL, and it is pretty clear that there will be no major obstacles there. As for Commons, it is pretty clear that the bill will pass, since it will gain the vast majority of Labour and LibDem votes. That alone would be enough, but of course it will garner a substantial number of Tory votes as well. The issue isn’t passage. The issue is the size of the majority voting to approve. This is an historic vote. We want, and should work for, a very substantial majority.

  4. Gordon Birtwistle, focus on your son’s or daughter’s wedding. Their wedding is supposed to be about their loving commitment and not about having one over on the gays and lesbians!

    1. “My son can get married! My daughter can get married! But the queers! No way! It’s not on! You simply cannot let queers marry! Full stop!”

      What on EARTH is so ATROCIOUS about letting gay people enshrine their love and commitment to each other in marriage?

      1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 17 Dec 2012, 6:32pm

        I think, for most homophobic, anti-gay marriage politicians or campaigners same-sex marriage is like the highest and most ‘terrible’ form of identification under compulsion with gay people (‘I can marry, and ‘they’ can marry – in the same city hall, maybe even in the same church, oh, my God!’) – and its a little ‘too much’, difference must rest: ‘we’ have marriage, and ‘they’ have civil partnership, what, as say Mr. Birtwistle, ‘is okay’. Well, dear Gordon, not for us. And never again, I hope.

        1. That’s it, exactly, Pavlos. WE are seen as pollutants.

  5. Maybe we should wait until the new parliament, you know the one which will effectively wipe the Liberals out.

    1. Without the Liberal Democrats in government, this vote wouldn’t happen at all. Don’t vote for this Birtwistle chap, but equal marriage will be one of their achievements in government.

    2. I don’t get your comment? ‘Wipe the liberals out’ sounds like something the sith lord from star wars would say. ‘Wipe them out, all of them”

    3. So, one out of 57 Lib Dem MPs is against and you would rather wait until a new parliament, which you hope will see fewer Lib Dems and more…. er… Tories and Labour?

      Yeah, that’s going to push the cause of gay rights forward!

  6. Yes… him… with the pinkie finger holding the mic… lol

    1. I know, thought the same myself, tres elegant my dear!

  7. Be careful what you wish for Craig- after the next election we could have a majority Conservative government-or- even worse- a Conservative/UKIP coalition.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 6:37pm

      Or a Labour government with a mandate if equal marriage fails, both the Tories and UKIP’s worst nightmare. You have to be insane voting for the UKIP. It’s just another hateful anti-equality, anti-gay party that might attract disgruntled bigoted Tories as a protest against Cameron. Good, let them defect then they won’t be able to complain when Labour reverses all of the economic policies currently in place that will affect those idiots directly.

      1. >Labour

        No. Milliband is just opposing whatever Osborne does because he doesn’t have any plans of his own. He’s said himself he’d have made all of the same decisions.

  8. Come on Burnley gays, lesbians, and all Marriage Equality supporters. Surely someone’s got some dirt to discredit this bigot! If so, go to the papers like Carol Shaw in Brent did re. the Tory homophobe was having an affair with her on the sly for 11 years.

    1. Or if you are from Burnley you could write to your MP, or preferably attend one of his surgeries and tell him face to face, that you support marriage equality.

  9. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 6:27pm

    I don’t think Nick Clegg was prepared for this. Some explaining to do I think. Now he’s seeing what a free vote will do. A conscience vote is code for NO,no doubt about it. All of that bogus concern from MPs about not having a free vote. They wouldn’t vote yes either way. By the time the legislation is up for a vote, the government should make absolutely sure that the votes are there otherwise it makes NO sense in doing it. We more or less know who the majority of naysayers are. What was the last count of those voting a definite ‘yes’ amounting to 293? We need a lot more than that, at least 326, more ideally to guarantee safe passage in the Lords.

  10. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 6:30pm

    Of course the C4M hate group and Tory back benchers are going to spin it as if the majority in all three parties are against equal marriage. The Mail and Telegraph will rev it up and make hay out of it.

  11. Same sex marriage “Just not on”? I feel the same way about politicians who believe that some people in this country should have fewer rights than others.

  12. A chancer who would stand for any party or say just about anything if he thought it would enhance his chances of staying on the gravy train. If it’s any consolation he is unlikely to be re-elected

    1. I retract the above as I know little about the guy, but spoke in exasperation that a Lib Dem MP would take this approach to equality and civil rights for tax paying consenting adults. Find it mystifying to be honest.

  13. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 7:07pm

    Even the Mail concedes that 60% of the British public support equal marriage, probably more, yet this idiot doesn’t quite grasp what representing all of his constituents means. Since he can’t support us, irrespective of his personal beliefs, then he and all those in opposition should resign.

  14. ‘Gay marriage’ is not only ‘not on’ it is also an oxymoron .It’s a bit like saying eating with ones bellybutton is ‘eating’ , lets redefine ‘eating’ and if you disagree you are a bigot, dinosaur , living in the dark ages etc …

    1. That There Other David 17 Dec 2012, 7:56pm

      The term “gay marriage” is misleading, that’s why you believe it to be an oxymoron. It’s just a “marriage”, the same as it is for opposite-sex couples.

      1. A life-long commitment between a man and a woman is a relationship involving sexual difference, involving male-female complementarity. For this reason, it allows children to be conceived and born within the life-long union of their own natural parents, and it is a form of commitment and family life that allows children to grow up with their own natural parents over a lifetime. This simply isn’t possible for a same-sex couple.

        This doesn’t mean that a man and a woman are obliged to have children, or that they are always capable of having children. It’s simply a recognition that one distinctive aspect of this kind of male-female relationship is that, in ordinary circumstances, it can involve conceiving and bringing up their own children.

        1. Meh! Mr Natural, do you live in a cave and wear animals skins or something?
          Now if you did I might listen to all your crap about natural this and natural that except you probably wouldn’t have access to the internet.

        2. That There Other David 17 Dec 2012, 8:50pm

          Marriage is primarily society’s way of legally recognising that two previously unrelated adults should have responsibility for each other. It ceased to be a life-long commitment between a man and a woman for the purpose of raising both parents’ biological children some time back, if it ever was. Remember that not that long ago it was typical for a man or woman would die before their children came of age.

          And that’s one reason why now is the time to remove the need for the adults involved in a marriage to be of opposite sex, just as many other countries have already done, and just as many more are doing right now. Children need stability, adults need stability, and society needs stability. The way our society promotes stability is marriage. It must be open to all, so that we all benefit.

          1. That There Other David 17 Dec 2012, 8:51pm

            …Because, after all, the next partner a divorced parent might find may be of the same sex as themselves.

        3. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 8:57pm

          You’re an idiot! The purpose of marriage is NOT procreation. People have been having children long before marriage was invented. Don’t think for a minute that you are off the hook by mentioning that not all heterosexuals can procreate. It doesn’t work that way, pal. There are plenty of widows and widowers left with young children and who never remarry. There are plenty of heterosexuals who have children who live together and who do not marry. There are plenty of heterosexuals who commit adultery, the very antithesis of what marriage is supposed to be. There are plenty of single bisexuals with natural children from a former marriage and who raise their children alone or with a partner of the same gender. Maybe if heterosexuals would desist from over breeding, children wouldn’t end up in foster homes being shunted from one place to another. There are plenty of heterosexuals who have children outside of intercourse, surrogacy and invitro fertilization, moron and mariage….

          1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 8:59pm

            and marriage, Ray, had absolutely NOTHING to do with it.

        4. So if the defining characteristic of an opposite-sex couple isn’t that they are capable of having biological children together, what is it? If I point out a couple to you, how would you go about determining whether or not they are the same sex? It can’t be sex chromosomes (because of Klinefelter syndrome, Swyer syndrome, etc.), or genitalia (which can be ambiguous), or gender identity (some people don’t identify as either male or female).

        5. Jock S. Trap 18 Dec 2012, 9:56am

          Seems it’s your comments that are an ‘oxymoron’

          Just too hypocritical, esp the second paragraph.

    2. Just as a matter of interest, do you think that when women were given the vote, was the word voting ‘redefined’, or was the act of (legal) voting just extended to include women? When the age of consent was reduced from 21 to 18 then 16, was the word ‘consent’ redefined each time, or did the same word just apply to an extended range of people? When it became illegal to send 5 y.o. children up chimneys, did the definition of ‘chimney sweep’ change? When marriage ceased to be a defence for husbands to force their wives to have sex, was marriage re-defined then?…..

  15. PeterinSydney 17 Dec 2012, 7:48pm

    WOW see how all the rats are coming out of their burrows now to oppose eqaulity in marriage. The dark side of the British People are on show.

    1. That There Other David 17 Dec 2012, 7:59pm

      Not really. The major churches have been lobbying for years in preparation for this. Some of the lies they’ve been peddling have stuck in the minds of a few, but the majority of Brits see the propaganda for what it is.

      There could be as many as 150 MPs that vote against equality when the Bill comes before the Commons. Voices like Birtwistle’s are therefore to be expected. Certainly nothing to get too irate about. They are already in the minority and becoming fewer every year.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2012, 9:43pm

      That’s what the free vote does, all of the low-lives and crazies coming out of the woodwork. They’ve lulled themselves into a false sense of security and becoming emboldened by it because they now know they won’t be censured or punished by their party but the voters will take care of that in 2015. It’s not the dark side of the British people but those in government coming out against it. The vast majority of the British public support equal marriage by 60% or more, and that’s a figure the right wing Daily Mail conceded. People like Birtwistle shouldn’t even be in politics, highly unqualified to represent everyone.

  16. Came under Maine 17 Dec 2012, 9:11pm

    Burnley is the slack arse of Lancashire and it follows that Gordon Birtwhistle can be found between its cheeks.

    1. Steady on! I canvassed for him back in the early 1990s and was very disappointed to hear his decision. A Liberal in wolves clothing it seems.

  17. Robert Brown 17 Dec 2012, 9:30pm

    Then he’s not a LibDem MP . . . full stop . . .

  18. and you are?

  19. Another dinosaur galloping its way to extinction. Go away and join BNP.

  20. May be worth knowing that Burnley has a very large Muslim population and I suspect he’s also looking to protect his majority.

  21. It’s just not on to say simply “not on”.

    and it’s simply not on for a LibDem to vote against equal marriage. Vote yes or go for a toilet break on the vote but don’t vote no for no reason at all…

  22. Scratch a liberal find a tory….

    1. Yes, all the Lib Dem MPs who support equal marriage and got it onto the Government agenda are clearly rendered irrelevant by this one bigoted counterexample.

  23. Jock S. Trap 18 Dec 2012, 9:45am

    Oh blimey. another cretin.

    Well if Civil partnerships are fine campaign to have one yourself but stop excluding others the right to decide to marry… or indeed not to marry.

    The last census showed married people are now considered a minority in the UK so they can’t even use that as an argument either. I’ve heard that a few times other people saying people won’t get married if the ‘Gays’ do… what nonsense.

    They are the first to claim marriage creates a stable society so what right have they got to stop it.

    Time they stopped their nasty bigoted judging and started to except Equality.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Dec 2012, 12:35pm

      The thing is, if you asked him or anyone of his mindset if they would consider a CP if available to them, they’d say no without as much as providing a reasoned explanation. What it would do would force them to admit that CPs aren’t equal ((some bigots have already conceded that one) because straight people can marry, the preferred union. I suspect it’s the sex thing coming in to play, penis/vagina nonsense and of course that old chestnut, procreation.

      That married people are now considered a minority in the UK is a new weapon some Tory MPs in opposition are using by blaming it on equal marriage. They even cite countries such as Spain claiming that fewer people are marrying there. If they did their homework, the state of Massachusetts in America has a higher marriage rate than any other state in the country, the first state to legalise equal marriage I might add. These are desperate people coming up with the most desperate spurious claims, nothing more.

  24. Paul from Sydney, NSW Australia 19 Dec 2012, 3:24pm

    Sack him from the party. The LD platform clearly supports same sex marriage that are equal to opposite sex marriage!

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