Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — New Clause 8 — Domestic protection for persons — 20 May 2013 at 19:00

The majority of MPs voted against strengthening protections for those not wishing to conduct or participate in a religious marriage ceremony due to it being a marriage of a same sex couple.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill[1][2] contained a provision (clause 2[3]) which prevents individuals and religious organisations who do not wish to conduct or participate in a religious marriage ceremony on the ground that it is a marriage of a same sex couple from being compelled to carry out, or participate in, such a marriage ceremony.

The proposed clause would have clarified the meaning of "compelled", with an apparent intent of strengthening the proposed provision.

The text of the proposed new clause rejected in this vote was:

  • (1) For the purposes of this Act “compelled” includes, but is not limited to—
  • (a) less favourable treatment of a person by a public authority,
  • (b) the imposition of any criminal or civil penalty, and
  • (c) any legal proceedings against a person as a result of a decision not to opt-in, conduct, be present at, carry out, participate in, or consent to the taking place of, relevant marriages.
  • (2) Expressions used in this section have the same meaning as the expressions used in section 2 of this Act.’.

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Debate in Parliament | Source |

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con92 (+1 tell) 126 (+2 tell)072.5%
DUP0 6075.0%
Green1 00100.0%
Independent0 10100.0%
Lab190 18080.6%
LDem37 (+1 tell) 9082.5%
PC1 0033.3%
SDLP0 30100.0%
Total:321 163076.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Nick HerbertArundel and South DownsConno
John BaronBasildon and BillericayCon (front bench)no
Maria MillerBasingstokeCon (front bench)no
Jane EllisonBatterseaCon (front bench)no
Simon HughesBermondsey and Old SouthwarkLDem (front bench)aye
Alan BeithBerwick-upon-TweedLDem (front bench)aye
Steve McCabeBirmingham, Selly OakLab (minister)aye
John HemmingBirmingham, YardleyLDem (front bench)aye
Nick GibbBognor Regis and LittlehamptonCon (front bench)no
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)aye
Joe BentonBootleLab (minister)aye
Tobias EllwoodBournemouth EastConno
Sarah TeatherBrent CentralLDemaye
Mary MacleodBrentford and IsleworthConno
Eric PicklesBrentwood and OngarCon (front bench)no
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleCon (front bench)no
Simon KirbyBrighton, KemptownConno
Keith SimpsonBroadlandConno
Anna SoubryBroxtoweCon (front bench)no
Gordon BirtwistleBurnleyLDemaye
Aidan BurleyCannock ChaseCon (front bench)no
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointCon (front bench)no
Brian H DonohoeCentral AyrshireLabaye
Daniel PoulterCentral Suffolk and North IpswichCon (front bench)no
Tracey CrouchChatham and AylesfordCon (front bench)no
Greg HandsChelsea and FulhamCon (front bench)no
Theresa VilliersChipping BarnetCon (front bench)no
Stephen MosleyCity of ChesterCon (front bench)no
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLab (minister)aye
Jason McCartneyColne ValleyConno
Jim CunninghamCoventry SouthLabaye
Richard OttawayCroydon SouthCon (front bench)no
Jon CruddasDagenham and RainhamLab (minister)aye
Chris Heaton-HarrisDaventryCon (front bench)no
Andrew GwynneDenton and ReddishLab (minister)aye
Patrick McLoughlinDerbyshire DalesCon (front bench)no
Sam GyimahEast SurreyConno
Greg KnightEast YorkshireCon (front bench)no
Jessica LeeErewashConno
Hugh RobertsonFaversham and Mid KentCon (front bench)no
Mike FreerFinchley and Golders GreenConno
Mark HarperForest of DeanCon (front bench)no
Mark MenziesFyldeConno
Nicholas BolesGrantham and StamfordCon (front bench)no
Brandon LewisGreat YarmouthCon (front bench)no
Meg HillierHackney South and ShoreditchLab (minister)aye
Bernard JenkinHarwich and North EssexCon (front bench)no
Amber RuddHastings and RyeConno
David WillettsHavantCon (front bench)no
Guy OppermanHexhamConno
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabaye
Angela WatkinsonHornchurch and UpminsterConno
Francis MaudeHorshamCon (front bench)no
Mike WeatherleyHoveCon (front bench)no
Ben GummerIpswichConno
Kris HopkinsKeighleyConno
Chris SkidmoreKingswoodCon (front bench)no
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDem (front bench)aye
Michael FabricantLichfieldCon (front bench)no
Theresa MayMaidenheadCon (front bench)no
Helen GrantMaidstone and The WealdCon (front bench)no
Iain StewartMilton Keynes SouthCon (front bench)no
Frank RoyMotherwell and WishawLab (minister)aye
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)tellno
Richard BenyonNewburyCon (front bench)no
Catherine McKinnellNewcastle upon Tyne NorthLab (minister)aye
Nick HarveyNorth DevonLDem (front bench)aye
Alistair BurtNorth East BedfordshireCon (front bench)no
Justin TomlinsonNorth SwindonCon (front bench)no
Mary GlindonNorth TynesideLab (minister)aye
Dan BylesNorth WarwickshireCon (front bench)no
George YoungNorth West HampshireCon (front bench)no
Michael EllisNorthampton NorthCon (front bench)no
Chloe SmithNorwich NorthCon (front bench)no
James BrokenshireOld Bexley and SidcupCon (front bench)no
Jo JohnsonOrpingtonCon (front bench)no
Andrew StephensonPendleConno
Oliver ColvilePlymouth, Sutton and DevonportCon (front bench)no
Robert SymsPooleCon (front bench)no
Penny MordauntPortsmouth NorthCon (front bench)no
Stuart AndrewPudseyConno
Justine GreeningPutneyCon (front bench)no
Crispin BluntReigateCon (front bench)no
William HagueRichmond (Yorks)Con (front bench)no
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkCon (front bench)no
James DuddridgeRochford and Southend EastCon (front bench)no
Alan DuncanRutland and MeltonCon (front bench)no
Robert GoodwillScarborough and WhitbyCon (front bench)no
Daniel KawczynskiShrewsbury and AtchamConno
Julian SmithSkipton and RiponConno
Stephen PhillipsSleaford and North HykehamCon (front bench)no
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
Lorraine FullbrookSouth RibbleCon (front bench)no
Tim YeoSouth SuffolkCon (front bench)no
Laura SandysSouth ThanetCon (front bench)no
David GaukeSouth West HertfordshireCon (front bench)no
Elizabeth TrussSouth West NorfolkCon (front bench)no
John PughSouthportLDem (front bench)aye
Rob FlelloStoke-on-Trent SouthLab (minister)aye
Margot JamesStourbridgeConno
Nadhim ZahawiStratford-on-AvonCon (front bench)no
Neil CarmichaelStroudCon (front bench)no
Michael GoveSurrey HeathCon (front bench)no
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldConno
George OsborneTattonCon (front bench)no
Paul MurphyTorfaenLab (minister)aye
Sarah WollastonTotnesCon (front bench)no
Sarah NewtonTruro and FalmouthCon (front bench)no
Ed VaizeyWantageCon (front bench)no
Helen JonesWarrington NorthLab (minister)aye
Chris WhiteWarwick and LeamingtonCon (front bench)no
Charles HendryWealdenConno
Graham EvansWeaver ValeCon (front bench)no
Grant ShappsWelwyn HatfieldCon (front bench)no
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetCon (front bench)no
Rosie CooperWest LancashireLab (minister)aye
Matthew HancockWest SuffolkCon (front bench)no
Tim FarronWestmorland and LonsdaleLDem (front bench)aye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)no
Paul GogginsWythenshawe and Sale EastLabaye

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