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MP to rebel over same-sex marriage Government proposals
7:00pm Wednesday 19th December 2012 in Local News
A Tory MP has joined a growing rebellion against his party’s proposals to allow same-sex marriage after putting his name to a strongly worded letter to the Government.
The strongly worded letter accuses the Government of not having a mandate to redefine marriage, and dozens of Conservatives have already signed it, pointing towards a rebellion in the Commons.
No other MPs in the south of the county have signed the letter apart from Mr Metcalfe.
He said: “It’s not for us as a Government to play around with re-defining marriage.
"I broadly agree with everything in the letter and had no problem signing it.
“I support civil partnership and there is no place for prejudice in the modern age, but I don’t think its for the Government to redefine marriage.
“I’m not surprised that there is so many against the proposals because although different people are coming from different angles, there is a great deal of concern about this.
“Plenty of my constituents feel the same too, and I think there are other more important issues out there at the moment.”
It has cross party support plus MPs from smaller parties have also put their names to it.
A bill is expected at the end of January and David Cameron hopes to get the proposals through Parliament by next summer.
The letter was written to the Telegraph and was published today on its website.
It reads: “At the last election, none of the three main parties stood on a platform to redefine marriage.
“The Government is ignoring the overwhelming public response against the plans.
“We believe that the Government does not have a mandate to redefine marriage.”