A promised amendment to the UK’s same-sex marriage bill proposing a public referendum on marriage equality was not tabled in the House of Commons debate today.
During an appearance on Daily Politics he was asked by former Tory MP Matthew Parris: “You don’t want a debate, you just want to defeat the measure, don’t you?”
Mr Burrowes replied: “Well, I want both.”
The proposed amendment had also been championed by Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, and a strong and vocal opponent to measures to legalise equal marriage.
Mr Bone said earlier this month that the Government should scrap the bill, as well as cut international aid. He said: ”Those are things that Conservatives want and that’s what UKIP voters want.”
He went on to say that Tories should be allowed to stand as “Conservative and UKIP” candidates, if given an endorsement by Farage’s party.
Referendums on same-sex marriages have historically resulted in losses for the side of equality.
On the same day, voters in Minnesota also voted ‘no’ on Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as being a union solely between a man and a woman. The state passed equal marriage this month.