Maldon: MP causes upset by opposing gay marriage

Gazette: Maldon: MP causes upset by opposing gay marriage Maldon: MP causes upset by opposing gay marriage

An MP’s stance on same sex marriage has infuriated gays and lesbians in the Maldon district.

The prime minister is keen to see marriage extended to include same sex couples, but Maldon and Burnham’s Tory MP John Whittingdale has spoken out against the controversial move.

Divorced father-of-two Mr Whittingdale said: “A lot of people feel it should be reserved for a man and a woman, and the church’s view shouldn’t be dismissed.”

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9:03am Thu 15 Mar 12

DontForgetToBreathe says...

And we vote this dinosaur in time and time again?

Says something about voter mentality.
And we vote this dinosaur in time and time again? Says something about voter mentality. DontForgetToBreathe
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3:30am Fri 16 Mar 12

kitty01 says...

Surely everyone understands by now that homosexuality is a natural and normal feature of humanity. Once we accept gay people then marriage naturally follows.

Can't Mr Wittingdale understand how hurtful the current highly publicised comments from church leaders are? How would he feel if his own relationship with his wife were the subject of a public national debate, lead by supposedly caring people, focussing one whether it is abnormal, an abomination, immoral, unnatural. obscene, grotesque and a shame on the UK etc etc? And whether it is a threat to the family, children and the whole of society?

And where in the Bible does it sayd that it is the role of Christians to judge other people and exclude them from "normal" society?

The fact that it has been traditional to persecute gay and lesbian people is not a valid reason for continung it, anymore than racsim etc. And the fact that some people don't feel quite ready to refrain from doing so is not a goor reason for continuing to demean, decry and abuse a minority of people who do no harm to anyone.

A successful marriage between two people of the opposite sex can be a wonderful thing. If it is made in a Christian context that is great. Likewise a marriage of two people of the same sex can be a wonderful thing.

It is nonsense to suggest, as is being done, that same sex marriage can in any way threaten or damage opposite sex marriages.

The Church should be welcoming everybody and not perpetuating poison and hatred. These ideas are wicked and unchristian
Surely everyone understands by now that homosexuality is a natural and normal feature of humanity. Once we accept gay people then marriage naturally follows. Can't Mr Wittingdale understand how hurtful the current highly publicised comments from church leaders are? How would he feel if his own relationship with his wife were the subject of a public national debate, lead by supposedly caring people, focussing one whether it is abnormal, an abomination, immoral, unnatural. obscene, grotesque and a shame on the UK etc etc? And whether it is a threat to the family, children and the whole of society? And where in the Bible does it sayd that it is the role of Christians to judge other people and exclude them from "normal" society? The fact that it has been traditional to persecute gay and lesbian people is not a valid reason for continung it, anymore than racsim etc. And the fact that some people don't feel quite ready to refrain from doing so is not a goor reason for continuing to demean, decry and abuse a minority of people who do no harm to anyone. A successful marriage between two people of the opposite sex can be a wonderful thing. If it is made in a Christian context that is great. Likewise a marriage of two people of the same sex can be a wonderful thing. It is nonsense to suggest, as is being done, that same sex marriage can in any way threaten or damage opposite sex marriages. The Church should be welcoming everybody and not perpetuating poison and hatred. These ideas are wicked and unchristian kitty01
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12:55pm Fri 16 Mar 12

Meherenow says...

Mr Whittingdale is as much entitled to his opinions on this matter as everybody else. The fact that he speaks out against gay marriage church ceromonies is maybe one reason why the majority of the Maldon electorate agree with him, hence he is voted in time and time again. This fact leads me to believe that maybe the majority of the Maldon electorate do not agree with the statement that homosexual relationships are 'normal' in today's society as some people lead them to believe?.
Mr Whittingdale is as much entitled to his opinions on this matter as everybody else. The fact that he speaks out against gay marriage church ceromonies is maybe one reason why the majority of the Maldon electorate agree with him, hence he is voted in time and time again. This fact leads me to believe that maybe the majority of the Maldon electorate do not agree with the statement that homosexual relationships are 'normal' in today's society as some people lead them to believe?. Meherenow
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8:16am Thu 22 Mar 12

adamst says...

Is that right, that "the majority of the electorate do not agree that ... homosexual relationships are "normal"" as Mehereandnow suggests? What do other people think?

And is that what John Whittingdale thinks? Perhaps he should clarify for us
Is that right, that "the majority of the electorate do not agree that ... homosexual relationships are "normal"" as Mehereandnow suggests? What do other people think? And is that what John Whittingdale thinks? Perhaps he should clarify for us adamst
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