MP rejects gay 'marriage'
Allowing gay couples to marry would undermine a "treasured
institution", says Canterbury and Whitstable MP Julian
The married father-of-three was speaking as the government
launched a 12-week consultation on whether to allow same sex
marriage in England and Wales.
Mr Brazier, who is a practising Roman Catholic, says he is
opposed to the concept and given the chance will vote against it in
the House of Commons.
He said: "It seems to me this is a very radical measure
which will undermine a treasured institution and could have
"We shouldn’t allow an institution of this importance to
be re-defined simply to meet a rights agenda.
"It’s always been defined in a practical way which is
quite restrictive when you think about it – there’s got be one of
each sex, you can’t be related, you can’t be married to somebody
"If we start to
deconstruct it at what point do we stop?"
He said: "I can’t see any logic as to why we should
redefine marriage for the needs of one group of people and not
The proposed legislation - promoted by the Minister for
Equality Lynn Featherstone - would allow same-sex couples to marry
in a register office or other civil ceremony, but would still bar
them from marrying in a religious service.
Andrew Brettell, a founder member of LGBT group Pride in
Canterbury, said: "I am happy in my civil partnership. We do not
want a 'marriage’, but there are those in the LGBT community who
"At Pride in Canterbury we want equality for LGBTs and
indeed all people."
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