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Windsor MP explains decision to vote no to same-sex marriage bill

Windsor MP explains decision to vote no to same-sex marriage bill

Justin Burns

Windsor MP explains decision to vote no to same-sex marriage bill
Windsor MP Adam Afriyie

Windsor MP Adam Afriyie said he voted against the equal or single-sex marriage bill as it 'is not truly equal'.

Mr Afriyie was among 175 MPs and 136 Conservatives voting no to the bill, which was voted on in the House of Commons yesterday.

In a statement he said: "I voted against the bill because it is not truly equal.

"I would like to see a single form of state recognition for all couples, but the bill unnecessarily creates two forms of legally recognised union."

Mr Afriyie added he had two main concerns over the legislation.

He said: "My two main concerns now are that, first, the church and other religious organisations are not coerced through the threat of litigation.

"And second, that those who wish to form same-sex civil partnerships are treated equally under the law.

"I will take a final view on the legislation once it has been closely scrutinised in committee and returns to the House of Commons."

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