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I want to know what you think of gay marriage
PEOPLE in Worcestershire are being asked for their views on gay marriage after a county MP admitted he has yet to make his mind up over it.
Peter Luff, who represents Mid-Worcestershire, wants people to help him by offering their opinions.
He has also revealed a “significant majority” of letters he has received on the debate have been from objectors.
David Cameron wants to legalise same sex marriage by 2015, insisting the Conservative Party has locked out homosexuals for too long, although no date has yet been set.
But the proposal has already attracted objections from the church and some Tory MPs, the latter on the basis it could prove unpopular with some traditional core voters.
Mr Luff said: “I have had passionate e-mails and letters on both sides of the argument, with a significant majority against introducing same sex marriage. So I am aware this is a subject on which my constituents have strong views, but I have only heard from a small minority so far.
“I am anxious to gain a closer understanding of the views of a wider range of people and hope they will respond.
“The results will not determine how I vote – there is always a risk with online surveys of one side of an argument organising a massive vote in favour of their own view.
“I hope, though, that the findings will help me understand views more closely and shape my own thinking on this sensitive and controversial subject.”
Worcester MP Robin Walker has already come out strongly in support of gay marriage, saying “I will vote with my conscience”, despite admitting that it may cost him support.
Mr Walker also told the Worcester News most of his letters and e-mails over the issue have been negative.
The Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Rev Dr John Inge, has previously said he is against “imposing a new meaning on marriage”, putting him at odds with Mr Walker.
West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin, like Mr Luff, has refused to side one way or another so far.
Anyone wanting to get involved in Mr Luff’s survey can visit surveymonkey.com/s/PY8VZRV