Harrow East MP Bob Blackman told Commons he was 'subjected to vilification, abuse, and threats' for opposing gay marriage

Bob Blackman voted against the Bill

Bob Blackman voted against the Bill

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Harrow East MP Bob Blackman claimed he received 1,000 letters of support for his opposition to gay marriage - and only five asking for change.

Bob Blackman MP says that he voted against the Same Sex Marriage Bill because he believes Civil Partnerships offer the right balance between equality and the protection of religious freedoms.

He is worried that the Bill does not have sufficient protections for religious organisations who, he fears, could find themselves in the courts for their stance on the issue.

Mr Blackman gave a speech in the House of Commons in which he stated that he believed he was expressing the views of his constituents by voting against the Bill.

He said: “I believe that marriage is between a man and I woman. I stand by that commitment.

“For saying that in public, I have been subjected to vilification, abuse, and threats to my physical well-being and threats to my office.”

He added: “I have received five letters of support for a change to the sexual arrangements in marriage and 1,000 supporting my stance.

“The vast majority of my constituents share my view that there is no need for such a change.”

However, the MP for Harrow West voted in favour of the Same Sex Marriage Bill.

Gareth Thomas says that he believes same sex couples should have the same recognition from the state as everyone else.

He said: “I appreciate that the government's proposals to enable same sex couples to get married has provoked strong opinions on both sides. 

“I believe that same sex couples should have the chance to marry and have their relationship recognised as being of equal worth to other loving couples. I therefore voted in favour of sex-sex marriage when it was debated in parliament yesterday.

“I appreciate that some people and religious groups are opposed to this and I agree that no church or religious organisation should be required to hold same sex marriages if they do not wish to do so.

“Freedom of religious expression is extremely important and it is right that the Bill explicitly rules out any church or individual minister being required to perform same sex marriages.

“Religious marriages are a matter for each church, religious organisation or denomination, not for the government or parliament.

“However same sex couples should be able to get the same recognition from the state as everyone else.

“Couples who love each other and want to make that long-term commitment to each other should be able to marry, regardless of their gender or their sexuality.”
 

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10:21pm Wed 6 Feb 13

paisley says...

bob blackmore was right, gay marriage is not normal behaviour
bob blackmore was right, gay marriage is not normal behaviour paisley
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10:44pm Wed 6 Feb 13

starbright says...

Who is Bob Blackmore? Can I say that there are approx 240,000 people who reside in Harrow, so on what basis can Mr Blackman state that 'the vast Majority of residents support him'! I think Mr Blackmans' stance on this subject is more to do with the religious diversity of this borough, and the votes he could lose in the next election!
Who is Bob Blackmore? Can I say that there are approx 240,000 people who reside in Harrow, so on what basis can Mr Blackman state that 'the vast Majority of residents support him'! I think Mr Blackmans' stance on this subject is more to do with the religious diversity of this borough, and the votes he could lose in the next election! starbright
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11:12pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Harrow Alan says...

Sorry Bob, I don't take morality lessons on marriage from two-faced adulterers.
Sorry Bob, I don't take morality lessons on marriage from two-faced adulterers. Harrow Alan
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11:14pm Wed 6 Feb 13

starbright says...

Harrow Alan......Well said!
Harrow Alan......Well said! starbright
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8:26am Thu 7 Feb 13

rabbitz says...

Exactly! Is Bob Blackmans interpretation of "Marriage" as being between a man and two women? Read here http://www.dailymail
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Exactly! Is Bob Blackmans interpretation of "Marriage" as being between a man and two women? Read here http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2249028/Bob-Blackman -Tory-MP-leading-cru sade-safeguard-tradi tional-marriage-11-y ear-affair-wifes-bac k.html rabbitz
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12:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

pricklypilgrim says...

I am a Labour party member in Bob Blackman's constituency, and see no need for the ad hominem attacks about his affair years ago (oddly enough only 'revealed' when it became clear which way he was going to vote on this issue!).

Yes, he did wrong by his wife (*very* wrong, in my personal opinion), but on *this* issue he voted in line with his conscience and beliefs. The fact that he has not stuck to his beliefs in every area of his life is (to me) almost irrelevant. To state otherwise would imply that no one can ever repent of wrongdoing. Were that so, most of us would be well scuppered...
I am a Labour party member in Bob Blackman's constituency, and see no need for the ad hominem attacks about his affair years ago (oddly enough only 'revealed' when it became clear which way he was going to vote on this issue!). Yes, he did wrong by his wife (*very* wrong, in my personal opinion), but on *this* issue he voted in line with his conscience and beliefs. The fact that he has not stuck to his beliefs in every area of his life is (to me) almost irrelevant. To state otherwise would imply that no one can ever repent of wrongdoing. Were that so, most of us would be well scuppered... pricklypilgrim
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3:41pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Harrow Rani says...

Bob Balckman does not speak for me and certaily did not represent all his constituents as I and many of my friends and colleagues who live in this Borough do not support his view. The truth is, Bob Blackman is protectinghis votes from the religious groups within the Borough and I suspect when he alludes to legal challenges he refers to communities who do not accept homosexuality so gay marriage is a step too far. I say live and let live and if people want to be in same sex marriages they should be allowed to. It should not be down to people like Bob Blackman to help decide.
Bob Balckman does not speak for me and certaily did not represent all his constituents as I and many of my friends and colleagues who live in this Borough do not support his view. The truth is, Bob Blackman is protectinghis votes from the religious groups within the Borough and I suspect when he alludes to legal challenges he refers to communities who do not accept homosexuality so gay marriage is a step too far. I say live and let live and if people want to be in same sex marriages they should be allowed to. It should not be down to people like Bob Blackman to help decide. Harrow Rani
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7:05pm Thu 7 Feb 13

pricklypilgrim says...

Harrow Rani - I accept that on this issue he does not represent you "and many of friends and colleagues who live in this Borough"; but you accept that he represents a (large) proportion of his constituents. This will surely always be the case in such a culturally/ religiously diverse borough. But should I reject him because he is Tory and I am Labour?
Harrow Rani - I accept that on this issue he does not represent you "and many of [your] friends and colleagues who live in this Borough"; but you accept that he represents a (large) proportion of his constituents. This will surely always be the case in such a culturally/ religiously diverse borough. But should I reject him because he is Tory and I am Labour? pricklypilgrim
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9:39am Fri 8 Feb 13

Harrow Rani says...

I am not suggesting for a moment that you decide your politicial alliance based on what your local Tory MP supports. However, I am suggesting that Mr Blackman has furthered his own agenda and sorry, as Starbright clearly points out in her post, there are 240,000 people who live in Harrow and he states he has received 1000 letters of support. How does that constitute a majority?

It was not that many years ago that people opposed mixed race marriages but eventually,.we all came to accept that this was a personal choice and now it is just not an issue for most people. I an only hope that in the shortness of time, people will come to accept gay maraiges in exactly the same way.
I am not suggesting for a moment that you decide your politicial alliance based on what your local Tory MP supports. However, I am suggesting that Mr Blackman has furthered his own agenda and sorry, as Starbright clearly points out in her post, there are 240,000 people who live in Harrow and he states he has received 1000 letters of support. How does that constitute a majority? It was not that many years ago that people opposed mixed race marriages but eventually,.we all came to accept that this was a personal choice and now it is just not an issue for most people. I an only hope that in the shortness of time, people will come to accept gay maraiges in exactly the same way. Harrow Rani
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