On Monday and Tuesday next week (20th & 21st May) the House of Commons will debate and vote on the Report Stage and Third Reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
I have received many letters and emails – both for and against the Bill – urging me to vote one way or another.
Marriage is an important means through which couples can publicly make a long term commitment to each other and have that commitment recognised by the state. I believe that gay and lesbian couples should be able to make that commitment and have it recognised, just as heterosexual couples do now. It therefore follows, that I support the right of gay and lesbian people to marry.