Several Norfolk MPs today threw their weight behind proposals to introduce marriage for same sex couples.

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Their support comes just days after it emerged that other Norfolk and Suffolk MPs have threatened to vote against proposals which could be brought forward in Parliament as early as January.

Norwich South MP Simon Wright said: “I support the equal marriage proposals because I think it’s right to introduce greater equality into society in general terms - this seems to be a reasonable way of doing so.”

Currently gay couples can enter into civil partnerships that give them almost exactly the same legal rights as married couples.

However, proposals which prime minister David Cameron backs would see marriage redefined, so that its current definition of being between a man and a woman would be altered to accommodate same sex couples.

Mr Wright added: “What’s significant is the division. Having different labels, marriage for one and civil partnerships for the other - it’s right to recognise that the commitment is the same.

“There is an artificial division between marriage and civil partnerships and I don’t think it’s right that people should be treated differently just because of sexual orientation.”

A House of Commons vote on the change could see 118 out of 303 Conservative MPs rebel, including Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Therese Coffey, who represents Suffolk Coastal.

However Norwich North MP Chloe Smith said: “I have supported equal marriage and have said so publicly at Norwich Pride last year.

“I think it’s a matter of equal rights.”

Mr Cameron has said he will allow his MPs to vote as they wish, but if his proposals are ditched it would be a significant personal defeat for the prime minister.

While the proposals’ supporters have said no religious institution would be forced to carry out a gay marriage ceremony, rebels have raised concerns that those which refuse may leave themselves open to being sued after the changes are brought into law.

However, South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss added: “The proposal put forward by the government relates to civil marriages – not ones conducted in church.”

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  • The worst economic crisis ever, the UK heading towards a potential triple dip recession, the EU demanding a 5% increase in contributions from the UK, and next week a Chancellors statement that will no doubt leave each and everyone of us worse off. And what do these non-entities choose to debate? Same sex marriage. Is it any wonder the electorate are fed up to the back teeth with useless politicians.

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    MediaDoc

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I wanted to comment on yesterdays story that said some MP's do not support gay marriage. Why was that put 'off message' by the EDP? The EDP want to operate a TV channel, but is already seen manipulating the agenda by not allowing equal debate, that just does not cut the mustard.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • ingo: Yesterday there was a debate in full council about the new ideas being launched by West Norfolk for g tting rid of waste. This was reported in the EDP (Lynn and West) published today and available in that part of Norfolk. It is only available on computer if I subscribe. It does not appear anywhere else on the website however to get the report it is necessary to go into Advanced search with the correct headline and then it is readable. This is a very interesting slant on censoring ,- all news should be freely available to all parts of the county especially as important an issue as this one - another example of the EDP being closely tied into NCC.

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    maryjane

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Presumably he and CS think there are some votes in it in Norwich? Note you can't comment on the GF story! And what a terrible photo, poor George. If only we had some floods in this region, then you could see them gobbing-off like DC in the SW. Yes, let's divert attention from the so-called 'austerity' misery. I say so-called, because while public spending is meant to be cut to the bone, DC's government is set to increase the national debt by £700 billion over the course of this parliament, which is more than Blair and Brown could manage in the previous 11 years. Sorry, that's rather contrary to the accepted propaganda, that Labour left the country in a mess, blah, blah. I apologise profusely for any confusion you may have been caused by listening to DC and the like.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Good to see our city MPs taking a sensible stance on this - its a simple issue of equality.

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    LevYashin

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Thanks -someone is listening somewhere - its now online for us all!!!

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    maryjane

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • thanks for that Maryjane, shall try in future.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Cllr. Borrett has, by NCC's decision to ignore their given mandate and replace it with incineration, broken the contract and hence, in my view, NCC and cllr. Borrett are not in charge of anything but their bully boy cabinet. The work done by the Kings Lynn Borough council, i.e. alternatives to burning resources, which mean modern technology and the jobs that come with it, should have been done by NCC, who has failed, since it encountered opposition to these plans, to work on a plan B. NCC ordered a study into land fill mining in 2006, but failing political will by both major parties to establish a modern recycling industry and require companies to reuse recyclables, NCC failed to alleviate their impending landfill deadline and did nothing.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Mr Wright, we have different labels because we are talking about very different things. Same sex couples are given the same civil rights as married couples to protect their assets from inheritance tax etc. That arrangement can never be called a marriage. Its just a legal arrangement - nothing more than that.

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    BG

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Media Doc speaks sense, as BG says same sex couples have their legal union in CIVIL society, and a desperate prime minister is trying to wring all the votes he can to secure a narrow margin at the next election. What he and Chloe 'I worship Dave' Smith does not realise is that those people with sense are more concerned about the issues MediaDoc raises. Perhaps Deluded Jess shall get my vote next time round.

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    George Ezekial

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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