MPs demand public vote on gay marriage

27 May
Sunday times story
Marie Woolf and Jack Grimston Published: 12 May 2013

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De RossiGay weddings, such as that of US chat-show host Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, anger some Tory MPs (Lara Porzak Photography/WENN)

DISGRUNTLED Tory MPs are demanding a national referendum to allow the public to vote on gay marriage.

The MPs are preparing to torpedo a bill to legitimise gay weddings with a raft of amendments, including measures to protect churches, schools and people who disagree with the proposals. Up to 150 MPs are expected to support the call for a referendum.

The rebels have been emboldened by UKIP’s surge in support in the council elections, which they attribute in part to opposition among Tory voters to the gay-marriage bill.

The amendments include measures to allow town-hall registrars to opt out if they have strong religious or principled objections to same-sex marriage.

They would also give religious schools and teachers with a strong personal objection the right to refuse to teach the topic.

Senior Whitehall sources say the government, confronted by the demands for greater protection for registrars who object to gay.

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/Politics/article1258506.ece

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