“For many colleagues, the news that the issue of gay marriage is coming back to the Commons next week is like those Jaws film trailers. Just when you thought it was safe to return to a new Parliamentary session, focussing on the key issues facing the country, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill returns to infest MPs.”
Burrowes was a leading opponent of the bill, which is due to reach its third reading in the House of Commons later this month. In March he unsuccessfully called for a public referendum on the gay marriage bill.
The 43 year-old politician said he doubted reassurances that religious groups would not be forced to conduct same sex marriage ceremonies.
“Maria Miller would have to be cast as the town mayor trying to reassure everyone that there is no danger in the Parliamentary sea. The Secretary of State for Equalities has told MPs that she ‘would never introduce a bill that encroaches or threatens religious freedoms’. The problem is that a majority of Conservative MPs were not convinced by her assurances when they voted against the bill. Many more MPs from all parties were also not convinced, but were hoping that the committee stage would at least provide greater protection for freedom of conscience and religious liberty.”
Meanwhile, fellow Tory MP Nadine Dorries tweeted over the weekend in support of an article in the Telegraph by Charles Moore which claimed that the gay marriage bill does not stipulate legal requirements for consummation or divorce and could therefore result in siblings or heterosexual friends marrying each other.
“If David Cameron wants Conservative Party to lose as many as fifty seats at next election he must push forward with the gay marriage bill”.
In November last year, the 55 year-old MP for Mid Bedfordshire was suspended from the Conservative after making an appearance on reality TV show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! She was reinstated earlier this month.
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