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Three south Essex MPs rebel over gay marriage vote
8:26am Wednesday 6th February 2013 in Local News
THREE south Essex Tory MPs voted against the Prime Minister in the row over same sex marriages.
In last night’s free vote in the House of Commons, South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe, Southend West’s David Amess, and Mark Francois, Rayleigh and Wickford, all voted against the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
He said: “I gave this matter a lot of thought, as I know feelings understandably run high on both sides of the debate.
“However, I do not believe we should discriminate against couples who wish to marry simply because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual.”
James Duddridge, Rochford and Southend East MP, added: “I am supportive of equal marriage and believe it should be possible for two people of the same sex to marry in the same way my wife and I are married.”