Why I backed gay marriage plans, by Amber Valley MP
AMBER Valley MP Nigel Mills said he backed the Government's gay marriage plans after he was convinced churches which did not want to hold such ceremonies wouldn't have to.
Conservative Mr Mills was among nine Derbyshire MPs to vote for the Government's proposals. The law change would see same-sex couples able to marry in both civil and religious ceremonies – where a religious institution had formally consented – in England and Wales.
It would also allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships to convert their relationship into a marriage.
MP for South Derbyshire Heather Wheeler, and Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham voted against the change.
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Mr Mills said: "The big issue for me was whether someone would be forced to conduct a marriage ceremony they didn't think was right. Once I'd heard the debate, I was happy that wasn't the case."
Mr Mills spent last Monday with journalists being taken around London to speak with people on the gay marriage debate.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now be voted on by the House of Lords.