MP sent homophobic emails from gay marriage critics

First published in News

FOUL “homophobic” emails and letters from people desperate to see gay marriage rejected have been sent to a Worcestershire MP.

Peter Luff, who represents Mid-Worcestershire, was also sent one note saying he is being prayed for and should “repent of his sins.”

The Conservative MP backed the bill on Wednesday, but has admitted the fall-out could impact on the number of activists prepared to campaign for the party in this year’s local elections.

“I had around 200 letters and emails and 80 or 90 per cent were opposed to it,” he said.

“Some of the emails I had were really foul, absolutely. I had a fair stream of homophobic emails from people.”

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was approved by a majority of 225 votes despite 139 Conservative MPs voting against it.

Mr Luff added: “Personally, I think it leaves David Cameron stronger but within the party he will be damaged.

“This is not an issue a lot of supporters feel good about and it will have an impact on people who help us out in county elections - that’s where the effect will be greatest.

“As far as I am concerned I just want to put this all behind us so we can concentrate on more important subjects.

“The party and the country was divided on it along generational lines, so in that respect it was an unwelcome distraction from the challenges facing the country.”

He said once he came out in support of the bill many people contacted him to pass on their thanks.

Andrew Grant, the president of Worcester Conservatives, who was one of the fiercest critics of the bill, said: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, so obviously I was disappointed with the outcome.

“I am very concerned (about the elections) because most people I come into contact with are those party members in the higher age group who are slogging away and putting the money up.”

Councillor Adrian Hardman, leader of Worcestershire County Council, which has elections in May, said: “We’ll have to wait and see what the impact is, but I would hope activists are sensible enough to realise they’d be campaigning on local issues.”

The bill will need to go for a third reading before the commons and then be approved by the House of Lords before it become law.

It will make gay marriage legal in any non-Church of England establishment, although other religious organisations will have the ability to ‘opt out’ of a ceremony free from the risk of legal action.

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12:44pm Fri 8 Feb 13

i-cycle says...

I'm not a Conservative supporter, nor am I gay, but I really do admire a true conviction politician like Peter Luff.

Against the steam of bile and pressure he must have been under I really admire Peter's guts for standing up for his principals about what he feels is the right thing to do and against the bigots (I assume mainly in his party) who seek to impose their outdated values.

He's a real credit to his office and serves his local constituents well. If only we had a few more like him.
I'm not a Conservative supporter, nor am I gay, but I really do admire a true conviction politician like Peter Luff. Against the steam of bile and pressure he must have been under I really admire Peter's guts for standing up for his principals about what he feels is the right thing to do and against the bigots (I assume mainly in his party) who seek to impose their outdated values. He's a real credit to his office and serves his local constituents well. If only we had a few more like him. i-cycle
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9:54am Sat 9 Feb 13

marshall_bravestarr says...

It is a sad reflection on society that we still have so many small-minded bigots on this Earth. Religion (singular or as their separate entities) does NOT own marriage. It has been here in one form or another for at least tens of thousands of years. Some even argue that early man used 'rings' to show the woman that she 'belonged' to him. Like i-cycle I am neither a Tory or gay, but am a free thinking individual not governed by written text, but only when I see fit to quote it. When I was younger, my parents said "most men like women, some like men." Simple and easy to understand. So here is another thing simple and easy to understand. Get over yourselves! Gay marriage is going to affect an agnostic like me the same way that it will affect you and your respective religion - NOT AT ALL!
It is a sad reflection on society that we still have so many small-minded bigots on this Earth. Religion (singular or as their separate entities) does NOT own marriage. It has been here in one form or another for at least tens of thousands of years. Some even argue that early man used 'rings' to show the woman that she 'belonged' to him. Like i-cycle I am neither a Tory or gay, but am a free thinking individual not governed by written text, but only when I see fit to quote it. When I was younger, my parents said "most men like women, some like men." Simple and easy to understand. So here is another thing simple and easy to understand. Get over yourselves! Gay marriage is going to affect an agnostic like me the same way that it will affect you and your respective religion - NOT AT ALL! marshall_bravestarr
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