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UK Parliament passes Equal Marriage

Post  mood2 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:00 am

MPs have approved same-sex marriage in England and Wales in a key Commons vote, despite the opposition of almost half the Conservative MPs.

The Commons voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day's debate on the bill.

Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as "an important step forward" that strengthens society.

Voting lists show that 136 Conservatives opposed the bill.

This figure includes two cabinet ministers - Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Welsh Secretary David Jones - eight junior ministers, and eight whips.

Of the remaining Conservative MPs, 127 were in favour, 35 did not vote, and five registered an abstention by voting both in favour and against.

Junior justice minister Helen Grant said: "As Tories we do differ at times. We have squabbles - we're like any other family."

But she described the legislation as "a major step forward for equality and justice".



Still has to get through the House of Lords who I'm sure will do their best to bugger about (so to speak) with it, but still, one giant step for queerkind what ho!


I predict rampant paedo polygamy in the streets and free vegetable love to destroy the nation before the year is out...

cheers

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Post  scott1328 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:02 pm

I am expecting the marriages of all rugby players will end as soon as this passes. Because now they can do what they really want to do in the scrum.

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Post  nullnvoid on Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:02 pm

scott1328 wrote:I am expecting the marriages of all rugby players will end as soon as this passes. Because now they can do what they really want to do in the scrum.

In Australia we call that move the hopoate.

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Post  scott1328 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:34 pm

nullnvoid wrote:
scott1328 wrote:I am expecting the marriages of all rugby players will end as soon as this passes. Because now they can do what they really want to do in the scrum.

In Australia we call that move the hopoate.


tasteless humor:

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, " if you liked it, then you should've put a ring on it" cherry

I am going to have to see someone about my sense of humour


Last edited by scott1328 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:38 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Joke in bad taste)

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Post  nullnvoid on Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:24 am

Well, perhaps we can both see them and get a bulk discount. I laughed.

Back to topic though - it is a total mystery to me why anyone wants to prevent the happiness of others. ESPECIALLY when it doesn't affect you personally at all.

As Hitch so often stated "homosexuality is a form of love". Same-sex marriage has zero effect on anyone other than the two people involved. Nice to see that the UK parliament is able to do something to make people's lives better. We haven't managed to get our politicians to make the same change here in Australia.

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Post  mood2 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:49 am

Most Muslim MPs voted for the marriage equality bill, but are now getting threats from a few nutters

London - 18 February 2013

Muslim MPs who voted for same-sex marriage have since received death threats and fatwas from Islamist extremists and clerics in the UK and Pakistan.

Five Muslim MPs voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, two abstained and one voted against.

Mufti Muhammed Aslam Naqshbandi Bandhalevi, imam at the Jamia Islamia Rizvia mosque in Bradford, has issued a fatwa, or ruling, declaring one of the five pro-gay marriage Muslim MPs, Sadiq Khan, an “apostate” and that he should “repent before Allah”, reports the Daily Mail. Mr Khan has received death threats since the parliamentary vote and is now under police protection.
http://bit.ly/Yonf46

Mufti Muhammad Aslam Naqshbandi of Jamia Islamia Rizvia mosque in Southfield said that Muslims MPs who supported the right of gay couples to marry had put themselves outside of Islam, according to a report by the Pakistan-based newspaper, The News International.
http://bit.ly/XR5hsV

The same paper reports that at least three Pakistani clerics have declared that the MPs were no longer Muslims and they must repent.

Several UK-based Islamist sects have denounced the MPs, including Hizb ut-Tahrir; as have posts on extremist websites such as Islamic Awakening and Izharudeen.com

Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation
said:

"We are delighted that most Muslim MPs voted in favour of legalising gay marriage. The ban on same-sex marriage is discrimination. Discrimination is not an Islamic value.

"The clerics who issued these fatwas are preaching hatred. Islam encourages love and marriage. Religious leaders should welcome the fact that gay couples love each other and want to get married.

“The people making the threats are a tiny extreme Islamist minority. They do not represent most Muslims in Britain.

"Increasingly, gay and Muslim people in the UK are working together to tackle the hatred, discrimination and violence that affects both our communities. We are taking a joint stand against all intolerance.

"There is a huge British gay Muslim population and openly gay Muslim organisations, such as Imaan. They believe it is possible to be both Muslim and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). The acceptance of gay Muslims by the wider Muslim community is growing; although there is more room for improvement,” said Mr Tatchell.

Sadiq Khan MP explained on his website why he voted in favour of gay marriage:

“I firmly believe in marriage. Marriage is an important statement of love and long-term commitment, and has long been the main way that the state recognises and shows support for loving relationships. I believe that couples who love each other and want to make that long-term commitment to each other should be able to have a civil marriage regardless of their gender or their sexuality.”

Muslim MPs voting record on marriage equality

Muslim MPs who supported same-sex marriage: Rushanara Ali (Labour), Sajid Javid (Conservative), Sadiq Khan (Labour), Shabana Mahmood (Labour) and Anas Sarwar (Labour).

Those who abstained were Khalid Mahmood (Labour) and Yasmin Qureshi (Labour).

The only Muslim MP who voted against was Rehman Chishti (Conservative).

http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/lgbt-rights/pro-gay-marriage-muslim-mps-get-threats

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