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Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote

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  1. As one of his constituents, I was also hugely let down by him on this occasion. As the letter correctly mentioned, he has allowed his own views ahead of equality.

    I would be interested to see if a response from Mr Hughes is provided.

    It is also worth noting, for those that do not live in London, the area he represents has a very large gay community. Given it’s close proximity to Vauxhall and Soho

    1. You should write him and let him know your disappointment.

      …a very large gay community… represented by a bigot who seems to believe that the UK is a theocracy.

      1. I have already and not surprisingly, no response. If I do get one, I will be letting this site know.

        1. Robert in S. Kensington 31 May 2013, 12:07pm

          Do let us know about that. I don’t live in his constituency, so writing to him would be useless, but I will tweet him instead to let him know what I think. If he responds, I too will let others know at this site. It’s absolutely shameful what he did even though I concede it was a free conscience vote. He’s betrayed his party policy along with the others who abstained or voted against the bill.

      2. So can we assume he will be standing as a religious candidate at the next election? It would be the honest if costly thing to do.

        Candidates who stand locally on religious tickets usually come well below the Monster Raving Loonies, however they seem to get past this lack of support by piggy backing to the trough by infiltrating mainstream parties. This seems to happen in all mainstream we have seen all to clearly during this debate..

    2. Hi . . . I also was one of the first to be outspoken with regards to his decision – as a member of the party and someone who has voted for him in the past. I also spoke out within the Alliance of Liberal Democrats.

      I am SO pleased that many Cllrs, including the Leader of the Southwark LibDems have also spoken out.

  2. Let’s not forget that Hughes kicked off his political career with a campaign that was saturated with homophobia and, as it would turn out, hypocrisy. Whenever he has been an advocate of equal rights for gay people, it has always been as a high profile exercise in self promotion. It seems that in spite of his proclamations in favour of equality, that support stops short of giving gay people full equality in the law. He is a cynical career politician to a degree that would make Tony Bair blush. The only surprise here is that, given his track record, anyone is surprised by his homophobia and hypocrisy.

  3. Good. He should change the party along with fellow bigot Sarah Teather.

  4. NO MP should put their superstitions and self loathing ahead of what the constituents want – lets hope so called men like this don’t get re-elected

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 31 May 2013, 12:12pm

      True but then the other side of the coin is, even if constituents of any MP, especially a Tory had been overwhelmingly in favour of the legislation, bigoted Tory MPs s such as Tim Loughton, David Burrowes, Richard Drax, Peter Bone et al would still have voted against the bill using the free conscience excuse. Claiming they have to vote according to the wishes of their constituents doesn’t always mean they’ll vote positively for a bill especially when religious beliefs come into play. David Burrowes wouldn’t even sign on to swivel eyed Loughton’s CP amendment for heterosexuals. Who would have thought?

  5. Christian view of marriage….does he take a christian view of his sexuality as an openly bisexual or does he abstain from that side?….fool

    1. No. I’m not going into details, but no. He has not abstained from sexual relations with other men.

      The hypocrisy of Simon Hughes is staggering.

      If you know anything of this man’s personal history, his actions on this are so dumbfounding as to be unbelievable. Except, of course, that he’s made them all too public by abstaining on this Bill.

      Frankly, I’m too angry at Hughes to go any further other than point out that God didn’t seem to be in the equation when he’s screwed men.

  6. Great letter.

    Their point that he put his personal beliefs, before equality, is powerful.

  7. “straight choice” Hughes is showing his true colours

  8. His bigotry makes him unfit for purpose as an MP.

    He needs to be deselected as his party’s candidate at the next election.

    If he is selected then we musr make sure he loses his seat.

    He is a wreychedly pathetic excuse for a man.

  9. Robert in S. Kensington 31 May 2013, 12:03pm

    I believe he voted for the bill in the second reading, but very odd that he made a u-turn during the third. This man is deeply conflicted about his own bisexuality I think. Part of it is shame and the other is of course, his religious beliefs. Living the life of a married hypocrite up until he was found out to be bi seems very disingenuous voting against the bill. He should be drummed out as another swivel eyed religious loon and should defect to the UKIP, along with Sarah Teather and Tim Farron.

    1. Just on a factual point, he has never been married

  10. Brenda Lana Smith R. af D. 31 May 2013, 12:18pm

    This LGBT+ Liberal Democratic party member recommends that Simon Hughes be stripped of his Lib Dem party deputy leadership… without further ado… Britain is not a theocracy…

  11. Does anybody know where you can access a copy of this letter, as I was interested in finding out who from our constituency signed the letter?

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 31 May 2013, 12:19pm

    I think abstaining should be abolished. You either vote yes or no, simple as that, no exceptions. It’s the coward’s way out in my view.

    The entire voting process in the House is archaic. They ought to modernise just like almost all western systems by having electronic voting via a display in the chamber listing their names and how they voted. It’s efficient, fast and time-saving. I was impressed watching the French Parliament vote last month, the result was instant for all to see.

    1. Usually abstaining just means not voting (and, obviously, it isn’t practical to expect every MP to turn up to and understand every single division, given how many other responsibilities they have). They can “actively” abstain by voting both aye and no, but most MPs don’t bother very often and it doesn’t really make any difference.

    2. I totally agree with you on it being a coward’s way out. Given his record and view on marriage, his abstention is a clear no vote, but without the responsibility for his action. He’ll have plenty of time in which to pick the splinters out of his arse for riding that fence.

  13. He should have entered the priesthood.

  14. Michael 2912 31 May 2013, 2:31pm

    Think about this:

    Substitute mixed race marriage for same sex marriage and read the letter and the policy position again. Mixed race marriage – admittedly in the States was opposed for near identical reasons and was outlawed for some time.

    A self-loathing gay/bi-sexual man is no less so because he hides under the cloak of his faith. You have to wonder whether he really is too conflicted for his own good and that of his constituents.

  15. Seems to me he has always been a gutless spineless man…

  16. Don Harrison 31 May 2013, 9:47pm

    Where so we sign?

  17. Don Harrison 31 May 2013, 10:38pm

    Simon Hughes is very disapointing.

  18. If he believes that marriage is ordained by God, he should oppose divorce as the Catholic Church does and as Jesus commanded. Religious ideas of marriage cannot be used in a modern secular society.

  19. He should have switched his party affiliation or better yet, pledged his country allegiance to the “Holy Moley” instead of interfering with secular business.

  20. Simon Hughes has my admiration and support. My only regret is he abstained when he could and should have voted against the bill.

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