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East Surrey and Gloucestershire Tories resign over same-sex marriage bill

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  1. Good riddance. Let us hope someone more reasonable will be elected.

  2. Bye#! Dont let the door hit you on the way out..

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Feb 2013, 12:38pm

    Good, one of the good things the equal marriage bill is doing, getting rid of the nastry old god-bothering Tory bigot dinosaurs. Isn’t it interesting that not one Tory MP has yet resigned? I wonder why given the bluster and idle threats before the vote on February 5th.

  4. That There Other David 21 Feb 2013, 12:39pm

    All I hear is “Wah wah!! We didn’t get our own way!! Wah wah!!”

  5. Excellent! More old Tory bigots bite the dust. At this rate, we may just become a civilised, modern, progressive society after all.

  6. Julian Morrison 21 Feb 2013, 12:45pm

    Better out than in.

  7. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbyee.

  8. DivusAntinous 21 Feb 2013, 12:48pm

    Fabulous. The purge of the backward bigots in the Tory party. It only makes me feel better about wanting to vote Conservative.

  9. All the het bigots are off and running!

  10. Keith Francis Farrell 21 Feb 2013, 12:54pm

    Great it is about time the homophobes left the running of this country to those of us who care, with luck we will make this country fabulous

  11. I think this is fantastic news and brilliant for clearing out bigotted, old, dead wood.

    I’m intrigued though, what is the ‘dangerous precedent’ being set by a bill promoting equality for all citizens being voted through by a large, un-whipped, majority?

  12. Good – their ideas are outdated and clears the way for gay rights supporters to take their places.

  13. lol bye then don’t come back xxxxx

  14. Great news – first the Pope – and now these 2 other almost human-like fossils resigning too.

  15. Thank you for realizing your bigotry and that you could not overcome it. Much appreciated that you are resigning.

  16. Mumbo Jumbo 21 Feb 2013, 1:34pm

    I take the view that an MP should be a person who does not take orders from Rome. I guess I am a traditionalist in that respect.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Feb 2013, 1:40pm

      Well, the majority of catholic MPs voted for equal marriage. Keenan of course isn’t an MP, thankfully. I’d like to see a mass exodus of Tory MPs resigning but I doubt it will happen. We’ll have to wait and see what the 2015 election brings, especially where some are not in safe constituencies. I suspect those who are safe will see fewer votes as a result of their opposition to equal marriage, especially among the younger generation.

  17. Ooooh!! Tory bigots resigning and the pope retiring…..what a good year this is turning out to be. And as for one of those MPs stating that Cameron is setting a ‘Dangerous’ precedent with this bill. It can only be a good one IMO if it means equal rights.

  18. Lukefromcanada 21 Feb 2013, 2:07pm

    awwww poor babies, does someone want a wolly pop??

  19. Good riddance, dinosaurs.

  20. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

  21. So far there haven’t been resignations from MPs who are vehemently opposed to marriage equality. It seems they don’t wish to sit in Parliament as independents or under the label of a minor party because that would make their re-election in 2015 much more difficult.

    Government ministers opposed to equality don’t appear to be resigning from the front-bench because that would make their advancement up the hierarchy much more difficult.

    They warn of the dangers posed by equal marriage to society, yet obviously the dangers aren’t so catastrophic to get in the way of their careers or to justify a reduction in their salaries.

    1. Those who voted against on religious grounds should put their money where their mouth is and stand as independents on a religious platform?

      1. If they had the courage of their convictions, then they would. It would help to detoxify the Conservative Party and also free Labour and the Liberal Democrats of faux liberals. A few, at most, would be re-elected in traditionally conservative constituencies, but most would be ousted as the overwhelming tendency of the electorate is to vote for parties which have a chance to govern. For example, Jacob Rees-Mogg who said that he “takes his whip from the Vatican” rather than his own party should stand as a ‘Pro-Vatican’/’Papist’ (or similar) candidate when seeking re-election. Of course he won’t do that because he is in a marginal seat and he’d be defeated. Like all bigots he’s a coward.

  22. Dave North 21 Feb 2013, 2:36pm

    Excellent.

    Th more poisonous old Tory bigots move to UKIP, the more toxic UKIP becomes.

    If I were UKIP, I would tell them to go away.

  23. Jock S. Trap 21 Feb 2013, 2:47pm

    Good. Goodbye and good riddance.

    Time to make way for better open minded, accepting people to help make a better society.

    We all pay taxes equally and that should not end there esp when it pays the wages of these discriminating bigots.

  24. Cor blimey! “Marriage = MAN AND WOMAN!”

    How can it be that this is SO important for these little bunnies?

    Too many Tarzan films as children?
    “Me Tarzan. You Jane!”

    WHY is it so important to them?

    Oh, wouldn’t it be luverly if this rumour about same-sex sexual shenanigans WITHIN the Holy See in Rome has truth in it! It would mean that that lot which these dopes are utterly in thrall to would be discredited – or somewhat discredited, at least, because I suppose all of us LGBTs out here in the world will get the blame for it!

    1. That There Other David 21 Feb 2013, 3:26pm

      The Vatican is full of men on a power trip. Evidence of hypocrisy has to expected, and most people in the West at least know this. I’ll be surprised if anyone bats an eyelid if once again they’re caught saying one thing whilst acting another.

      1. Yup, TTOD, and all those dopey-eyed moon-faced nuns will be there on Sunday mornings, gawping up, waiting for a sight of “The Holy Father”!

  25. All I can say is good riddance and ‘don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out’

    The Tory’s need to get rid of these old dinosaurs. Maybe that was Cameron’s plan all along…………….

  26. UKIP hopefully.

  27. Wonderful, good riddance. Religious freaks have no place in politics.

  28. I am very sad but understand and empathize with the Councillor’s predicament. I support his stance on this matter. I sense he has given much to and so much to give still, but he can not do so if he were to compromise on matters of conscience.

    1. That There Other David 21 Feb 2013, 10:30pm

      I support his action too. He resigned instead of defecting to UKIP like the councillor in the other article you seem to have so much sympathy with.

      Resigning is the honourable thing to do. Defecting to a party half of the voters who elected him will vehemently disagree with is self-serving and loathsome.

    2. Jock S. Trap 22 Feb 2013, 10:43am

      Newsflash JohnB

      You are not a superior human being because you CHOOSE to be religious.

      We are born this way, your lifestyle on a complete choice.

      Being religious doesn’t not mean you have to the right to separate and section parts of society. We are equal, born equal.

      Bigotry is taught. Shame on you.

  29. “…this being voted through has taken me by surprise…” – Don’t these people look at the polls out there?
    I guess he was sitting in his little echo chamber listening to what he wanted to hear. I really don’t understand why the 400-175 vote surprised him. He does live in today’s world, right?

    Oh…!

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