Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Third Reading — 21 May 2013 at 18:59

James Wharton MP, Stockton South voted against allowing same sex couples to marry.

The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry.

Under the law as it was at the time of this vote marriage could only be between a man and a woman. Same sex couples (and only same sex couples) could register a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004[1]

MPs were voting on if the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill[2] ought be given its third reading; i.e.. to approve the Bill as it stood and support it becoming law.

Key elements of the Bill (from the explanatory notes[1]):

  • provide that same sex couples can get married in England and Wales;·
  • provide that such marriages are to be treated the same as marriages between a man and a woman in England and Wales;
  • permit marriage of same sex couples by way of a civil ceremony;
  • permit marriage of same sex couples according to religious rites and usages and on religious premises where a religious organisation has opted in to that process (with the exception of the Church of England and the Church in Wales);
  • provide a process by which the Church in Wales can request legislative change to allow marriages of same sex couples in their churches if they wish to do so;
  • provide that there will be no obligation or compulsion to carry out or participate in a religious marriage ceremony of a same sex couple;
  • provide protection under equality law for organisations and individual ministers of religion who do not wish to marry same sex couples.

Religious organisations and their representatives who do not wish to marry same sex couples are protected from being compelled to do so through a series of religious protections.

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con117 (+1 tell) 127 (+2 tell)783.3%
DUP0 80100.0%
Green1 00100.0%
Ind0 10100.0%
Lab194 14080.6%
LDem43 (+1 tell) 4084.2%
PC2 0066.7%
SDLP2 0066.7%
Total:359 154782.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

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
Stuart AndrewPudseyConaye
Harriett BaldwinWest WorcestershireConaye
Stephen BarclayNorth East CambridgeshireConaye
Gregory BarkerBexhill and BattleConaye
John BaronBasildon and BillericayConaye
Gavin BarwellCroydon CentralConaye
Richard BenyonNewburyConaye
Crispin BluntReigateConaye
Nicholas BolesGrantham and StamfordConaye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestConaye
Karen BradleyStaffordshire MoorlandsConaye
James BrokenshireOld Bexley and SidcupConaye
Aidan BurleyCannock ChaseConaye
Alistair BurtNorth East BedfordshireConaye
Dan BylesNorth WarwickshireConaye
David CameronWitneyConaye
Neil CarmichaelStroudConaye
Greg ClarkTunbridge WellsConaye
Oliver ColvilePlymouth, Sutton and DevonportConaye
Tracey CrouchChatham and AylesfordConaye
Stephen DorrellCharnwoodConaye
James DuddridgeRochford and Southend EastConaye
Alan DuncanRutland and MeltonConaye
Iain Duncan SmithChingford and Woodford GreenConaye
Michael EllisNorthampton NorthConaye
Jane EllisonBatterseaConaye
Tobias EllwoodBournemouth EastConaye
Michael FabricantLichfieldConaye
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterConaye
Mike FreerFinchley and Golders GreenConaye
Lorraine FullbrookSouth RibbleConaye
Richard FullerBedfordConaye
David GaukeSouth West HertfordshireConaye
Nick GibbBognor Regis and LittlehamptonConaye
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkConaye
Michael GoveSurrey HeathConaye
Helen GrantMaidstone and The WealdConaye
Chris GraylingEpsom and EwellConaye
Damian GreenAshfordConaye
Justine GreeningPutneyConaye
Ben GummerIpswichConaye
Sam GyimahEast SurreyConaye
Stephen HammondWimbledonConaye
Matthew HancockWest SuffolkConaye
Greg HandsChelsea and FulhamConaye
Mark HarperForest of DeanConaye
Richard HarringtonWatfordConaye
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointConaye
Chris Heaton-HarrisDaventryConaye
Charles HendryWealdenConaye
Nick HerbertArundel and South DownsConaye
Damian HindsEast HampshireConaye
George HollingberyMeon ValleyConaye
Kris HopkinsKeighleyConaye
Jeremy HuntSouth West SurreyConaye
Margot JamesStourbridgeConaye
Sajid JavidBromsgroveConaye
Bernard JenkinHarwich and North EssexConaye
Jo JohnsonOrpingtonConaye
Andrew JonesHarrogate and KnaresboroughConaye
Daniel KawczynskiShrewsbury and AtchamConaye
Simon KirbyBrighton, KemptownConaye
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireConaye
Pauline LathamMid DerbyshireConaye
Jessica LeeErewashConaye
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetConaye
Brandon LewisGreat YarmouthConaye
Peter LuffMid WorcestershireConaye
Mary MacleodBrentford and IsleworthConaye
Francis MaudeHorshamConaye
Theresa MayMaidenheadConaye
Jason McCartneyColne ValleyConaye
Patrick McLoughlinDerbyshire DalesConaye
Mark MenziesFyldeConaye
Maria MillerBasingstokeConaye
Nigel MillsAmber ValleyConaye
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldConaye
Penny MordauntPortsmouth NorthConaye
Stephen MosleyCity of ChesterConaye
David MowatWarrington SouthConaye
Brooks NewmarkBraintreeConaye
Eric OllerenshawLancaster and FleetwoodConaye
Guy OppermanHexhamConaye
George OsborneTattonConaye
Richard OttawayCroydon SouthConaye
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareConaye
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConaye
Stephen PhillipsSleaford and North HykehamConaye
Eric PicklesBrentwood and OngarConaye
Daniel PoulterCentral Suffolk and North IpswichConaye
Dominic RaabEsher and WaltonConaye
Hugh RobertsonFaversham and Mid KentConaye
Amber RuddHastings and RyeConaye
Laura SandysSouth ThanetConaye
Grant ShappsWelwyn HatfieldConaye
Mark SimmondsBoston and SkegnessConaye
Chris SkidmoreKingswoodConaye
Chloe SmithNorwich NorthConaye
Julian SmithSkipton and RiponConaye
Anna SoubryBroxtoweConaye
Caroline SpelmanMeridenConaye
Andrew StephensonPendleConaye
Iain StewartMilton Keynes SouthConaye
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestContellaye
Justin TomlinsonNorth SwindonConaye
Elizabeth TrussSouth West NorfolkConaye
Edward VaizeyWantageConaye
Theresa VilliersChipping BarnetConaye
Charles WalkerBroxbourneConaye
Robin WalkerWorcesterConaye
Angela WatkinsonHornchurch and UpminsterConaye
Mike WeatherleyHoveConaye
Chris WhiteWarwick and LeamingtonConaye
David WillettsHavantConaye
Sarah WollastonTotnesConaye
Tim YeoSouth SuffolkConaye
George YoungNorth West HampshireConaye
Nadhim ZahawiStratford-on-AvonConaye
Graham EvansWeaver ValeConboth
John HowellHenleyConboth
Andrea LeadsomSouth NorthamptonshireConboth
Phillip LeeBracknellConboth
Charlotte LeslieBristol North WestConboth
Claire PerryDevizesConboth
Rob WilsonReading EastConboth
Joe BentonBootleLabno
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabno
Rosie CooperWest LancashireLabno
David CrausbyBolton North EastLabno
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabno
Brian H DonohoeCentral AyrshireLabno
Robert FlelloStoke-on-Trent SouthLabno
Mary GlindonNorth TynesideLabno
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Hall GreenLabno
Paul GogginsWythenshawe and Sale EastLabno
George MudieLeeds EastLabno
Paul MurphyTorfaenLabno
Stephen PoundEaling NorthLabno
Stephen TimmsEast HamLabno
Alan BeithBerwick-upon-TweedLDemno
Gordon BirtwistleBurnleyLDemno
John PughSouthportLDemno
Sarah TeatherBrent CentralLDemno

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