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Amendment to allow civil registrars to opt-out of same-sex marriages defeated by MPs

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  1. Good! You can’t have public servants picking and choosing who they will and won’t serve. It’s ridiculous – so I’m not surprised it was Burrowes who suggested it. It was a stupid and pathetic amendment.

  2. “He told the BBC today that the same-sex marriage bill had rendered marriage “fairly meaningless””.

    I’m sure i know many straight married couples who would love to punch Mr Burrowes in the face for making that suggestion.

    1. The same-sex marriage bill has rendered Burrowes fairly meaningless.

      1. No I think he did that to himself

  3. At least 340 MP seem to have a spine and voted this down

    1. It’s depressing though that so many don’t have a clue about civic obligation and equality – for gay people, you can apply second rate equality and just exempt your self from decent behaviour because of your feelings.

      Nick Herberts comment was so true, would they also exempt equality for those of a different race or mixed faith marriages or divorced people or muslims or jews, no of course not !

      1. Christopher Coleman 21 May 2013, 4:25pm

        There are many who *would* vote against the rights of Muslims, Jews, and other groups. They behave themselves only because we have laws that would punish them. They would feel humiliated by the public punishment, not by their nasty opinions.

  4. Good!

    This was definitely one of the most offensive amendments and most worrying. Fairly convincing defeat for Burrowes. I wonder why he’s smiling in that photo, can’t PN find a more appropriate photo of him?

    1. I don’t think they have photos of him with his head firmly planted up his arse.

  5. Good. Equality has prevailed and the bigots lost out.

  6. It’s just been reported on Radio 4 almost as if it was a defeat? The BBC are going flat out to stir things up. No question about that,

    1. Agreed. They always seem to give too much weight to the anti-equal marriage side no matter what the truth is. It’s getting annoying.

    2. The main item on the Today programme this morning (R4, 20 May, 7:09am) was a disgrace. (wind it forward to 1:09.00)

      Sarah Montague interviewed only David Burrowes, highly sympathetically, and without her usual hectoring interruptions.

      Needless to say, there was no balancing point of view whatsoever ! How blatant can they get?

      Something very similar happened a few weeks ago on the same programme.

    3. Burrowes’ little soundbite made it onto the Catalan news station, so his ‘marriage is now fairly meaningless’ message has just been broadcast to an entire autonomous community where, according to him, all marriages are meaningless because same-sex marriage is legal.

      1. Godric Godricson 21 May 2013, 8:38am

        When people like Burrowes ‘have their say’ they just sound foolish!

    4. Beelzeebub 21 May 2013, 7:08am

      The BBC news had one of those “on screen” banners stating “150 MP’s vote for the registrars amendment.”

      Needless to say I was disappointed until I turned to SKY news whose banner stated the 340 of those against the amendment.

      The BBC has one homophobic agenda and I as one will never pay a license fee again.

  7. michaelandfred 20 May 2013, 8:12pm

    Making straight marriage “fairly meaningless,” yet he’ll vote to expand civil unions for heterosexuals so no straight person need marry if they don’t want to. That’s conservative logic.

  8. A bit of a scrap now will make victory all the sweeter.

    Now to defeat Loughton’s bit of mischief.

  9. johnny33308 20 May 2013, 8:22pm

    This person and the others like him are already trying to undermine our Civil Right to Marriage Equality even before we have secured that right! Bigoted people are not worthy to serve The People and should be banned from ALL public offices….PERIOD! EVERYWHERE!

  10. Praise the Lord.

  11. PeterinSydney 20 May 2013, 9:04pm

    Well done you can truly be “Great” Britain! Now Just get it done. France has already left you behind.

  12. So nothing about the ukip ads

  13. When watching Burrowes during the debate, he made my gaydar fuse its flashing lights. He’s dined on plenty of cocks in his time, I’m sure of it, but he’d probably say that they don’t count as he “didn’t inhale”!

    1. Burrows on the “down low” Ha HA HA Love to get that I-phone image.
      There has got to be something that’ll wipe that smirk of his countanance.
      Nah, can’t possibly be true……

  14. Spanner1960 21 May 2013, 1:31am

    If your faith or conscience decides you cannot accept gay marriage, get a different job.

  15. I note Simon Hughes voted in favour of the amendment. He’s a really mixed up queen.

    1. GulliverUK 21 May 2013, 8:29am

      Hughes was a total idiot last time, and he hasn’t really improved over time, still a religious zealot – putting his religious beliefs over the rights and fairness for nearly 4 million citizens. He acts like a church commissioner, he’s always bringing religion in to his debates, he’s heavily involved with the Church of England and seems to act as a representative for them in The Commons – I have a feeling he would love to be in the House of Lords as a Bishop !

  16. Jacob Dugan-Brause 21 May 2013, 7:52am

    Well, Mr Burrowes is a true Tory, isn’t he? But doesn’t he realise it all fell apart when the franchise was expanded?

    It made the vote meaningless.

  17. GulliverUK 21 May 2013, 8:20am

    David Burrows, anti-gay, homophobic, bigoted amendment …. defeated … that’s all I needed to make me feel better :)

    Bigots don’t always get their way … there must be a God :-p

  18. It is absolutely right that this amendment was defeated. The clue is in the title Public Servant. They are employed to serve the public, therefore they should not be allowed to pick and chose which members of the public that they serve. If they then cite religious grounds, then they are in the wrong job and, as far as I am concerned, they should hand in their resignation.

    I will also be contacting Simon Hughes as he is my MP to let him know of my disdain that he voted in favour of this. I’ll be keen to see his reasoning if he bothers to reply.

  19. That There Other David 22 May 2013, 2:21pm

    Noted once again how the DUP et al. voted against equal rights in England and Wales. When is this bastardised devolution issue finally going to be resolved?

  20. He looks like a nice boy!

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