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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: ‘Today’s vote is a landmark for equality in Britain’

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  1. Christopher 5 Feb 2013, 10:21pm

    If only you weren’t such a two-faced douche Nick! You were supposed to be the one!

  2. Evelyn Steward 5 Feb 2013, 10:25pm

    Don’t understand Hughes at all. Maybe because he is bisexual he can’t decide who to marry!

    1. theotherone 5 Feb 2013, 10:51pm

      nice biphobia

    2. Couldn’t agree more! I’m gay myself, but I’d never lower myself and take a cheap shot at anyone like that.

      I personally know bisexuals, and they are anything but confused or flaky!

  3. A pity four Lib Dem MP’s felt the need to vote against the main bill.

  4. Pity you couldn’t persuade Alan Beith , Sarah Teather, John Pugh and Gordon Birtwistle that equality was important as well..

    Anybody know if any other libdems were on sick leave as well?

    1. GulliverUK 5 Feb 2013, 10:47pm

      The “Sarah Teather” one is a total mystery to me.

      Still, must not be a miserable old sod just because I’ve realised there are a load of Tory homophobes in Parliament – it was a landslide, 225 majority, the Lords will have to watch their step, and it will now pass – we might even get Civil Partnerships opened up to heterosexual couples too – given so many spoke in support of that, which would be great. Something for everyone – the public are gonna love the extra option.

      1. It will be interesting to see how many straight couples would go for a CP. I predict a good turn-out.

    2. 3 MPs were on official constituency buisness (hard to move in the week between debate announcement and the debate itself).
      1 MP was abroad on official government buisness.

      1 MP was caring for an ill relative.
      1 MP was on maternity leave.

      All had previously expressed support.

      1 further MP abstained on the Bill (saying it didn’t go far enough), but he supported the programme motion (how long it can be discussed and when it will be law by).

  5. “The Lib Dem’s President Tim Farron did the same.”

    Can someone clarify this? From reading reports, and from a friend within the party, he supports gay marriage.

  6. Tim Farron on a LibDem site:

    “Long before there was any public majority
    for LGBT rights I fought for the equalisation
    of the age of consent and for civil
    partnerships & the right to marry.”

    Wonder what changed his mind?

  7. Oops. According to the Guardian Tim Farron vote FOR same sex marriage:

    Liberal Democrats
    For (44)
    Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn,
    Badenoch & Strathspey), Tom Brake
    (Carshalton & Wallington), Annette
    Brooke (Dorset Mid & Poole North),
    Jeremy Browne (Taunton Deane),
    Malcolm Bruce (Gordon), Paul
    Burstow (Sutton & Cheam), Lorely
    Burt (Solihull), Vincent Cable
    (Twickenham), Sir Menzies Campbell
    (Fife North East), Alistair Carmichael
    (Orkney & Shetland), Nick Clegg
    (Sheffield Hallam), Michael Crockart
    (Edinburgh West), Edward Davey
    (Kingston & Surbiton), Tim Farron
    (Westmorland & Lonsdale), Lynne
    Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood
    Green), Don Foster (Bath), Andrew
    George (St Ives), Stephen Gilbert (St
    Austell & Newquay), Duncan Hames
    (Chippenham), Mike Hancock
    (Portsmouth South), Sir Nick Harvey
    (Devon North), David Heath
    (Somerton & Frome), John Hemming
    (Birmingham Yardley), Simon
    Hughes (Bermondsey & Old
    Southwark), Julian Huppert
    (Cambridge), Norman Lamb (Norfolk
    North), David Laws (Yeovil

    1. Benjamin Cohen 6 Feb 2013, 12:06am

      That’s the list for the same-sex marriage vote not the programme motion. They are different things

      1. It is actually the bill itself

        For the programme motion Greg Mullholland voted for (but not on this list) while Hughes and Farron voted against (on this list)!

  8. Oops (again). I did wonder why Simon Hughes was on the list.

  9. Be a better day if you didn’t let your little army vote with there conscious this is a matter of equality so they should have been whipped once again you fell short suppose its an improvement from lies but not good enough

  10. Nick, a higher percentage of “liberals” voted against equality than labour MPs? Alarming and disappointing.

    1. Considering the Lib Dems only have a third of the MPs they ought to have, that really doesn’t make much difference.

      Labour didn’t bother to introduce equal marriage. The Lib Dems did.

      That’s the difference.

  11. Well done Nick, punching above your weight to deliver a fairer society one step at a time.

  12. he’s still a toff

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