What Does Bracknell Think: Are you in favour of gay marriage?By Becky Barnes
February 20, 2013
THIS week we asked our panel if they would have voted for or against gay marriage and whether Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee made the right decision for his constituents when he abstained from his vote?
Rev Michael Bentley, former Great Hollands Neighbourhood Association chairman: “This must have been a very difficult decision for MPs because the bill for gay marriage produces many different views.
“I have sympathy with the dilemma that our local MPs (the MP for Windsor, which includes several areas in Bracknell Forest Council area) who voted against the bill; and Phillip Lee who abstained.
“I believe marriage is meant for one woman and one man.
“A faithful, loving relationship can certainly be had by gay people but it does not produce children – which is one of the purposes of marriage.
“I find it difficult to understand why those who are gay are not satisfied with a civil partnership, which, I understand gives them all the legal benefits they need.”
Caroline Allain, from Forest Park: “I would have voted for gay marriage, and I feel Phillip Lee should have taken more action to discover what his constituents actually wanted, by asking us.
“If he visited, or even dropped a leaflet through the door with contact details asking what we thought, I would have told him, and I’m sure he would have had a much more representative idea of how his constituents actually feel.”
Darren Bridgman, Bracknell blogger: “Well oddly for a Lib Dem supporter, I don’t believe in abstaining on any vote.
“Phillip Lee should have made a stand one way or the other. I don’t see any problem with having gay marriage in law.”