Calder Valley MP slams same-sex marriage plans

Craig Whittaker

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MP for the Calder Valley Craig Whittaker has criticised the Government’s same-sex marriage plans.

The Conservative MP, whose constituency includes Hebden Bridge, says he is against same-sex marriage because he believes it would be changing it from “being child-centred to adult centred”.

“I’m disappointed that the Government seem hell-bent on getting this through at whatever cost,” he told the Courier.

“If most MPs’ mailbags are like mine, they’ll have one in 15 of people in favour of this.”

He also criticised the response to the consultation carried out on the issue, accusing the Government of ignoring a petition with hundreds of thousands of names on it.

“I’ll be voting against it,” he said.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller yesterday outlined the Government’s proposals for the issue.

She pledged a “quadruple lock” to protect religious freedom, including no religious organisation or individual minister being compelled to marry same-sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises and legislation that would ban the Church of England in law from marrying same-sex couples.

Meanwhile MP for Halifax Linda Riordan (Labour) said if there is a vote on same-sex marriage, she will be voting in favour.

“As long as churches and other religious organisations can choose, what’s the problem?” she said.

“If people get married it’s a commitment. I’m married and it wasn’t so that we could have children. It was to make a commitment.”