Marriage vote leads to offensive letters

By Gary Smee Friday 15 February 2013 Updated: 15/02 10:22

A BARRAGE of highly offensive ‘homophobic’ letters and e-mails have been sent to Droitwich’s MP Peter Luff after he voted in favour of introducing same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The Mid-Worcestershire MP was even sent a note saying he should repent for his sins and others used foul language to describe homosexual people.

Mr Luff said he was deeply saddened by some of the abuse directed at him and same-sex couples but also praised the significant number of people who had written to him supporting his views.

“It is true that I have received a number of highly unpleasant, homophobic letters containing views I believe are abhorrent but I recognise the deep-seated and legitimate reservations of many others expressed in their thoughtful letters and e-mails in

recent weeks,” Mr Luff said.

“However a majority of British people, especially younger people, support the change. I have also received a significant number of moving e-mails from those who welcome the end of this particular inequality and their ability to gain full public

recognition of their love and commitment.”

“What saddened me was the lack of love and charity from some people towards their fellow human beings - people who believed themselves to be Christian.”

Last week’s vote in the House of Commons saw 400 MPs vote in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill while 175 were against - a majority of 225.

Mr Luff said it was not an easy decision to come to because he genuinely respected the feelings of many older constituents.

“I have, however, concluded that the right thing to do is to celebrate loving commitment between adults, and that makes a vote

for the principle of the bill the only course of action I can take,” he added.

“I recognise the specific concerns that churches and teachers who strongly oppose this change may feel inadequately protected, but I have received strong reassurances from the minister responsible on these issues.

“I am confident that full protection will be possible within the legislation,” he added.

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