Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 7°C

Search

East Anglia: MPs criticised by gay rights activist

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 February 2013

Gay Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell

Gay Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell

A RENOWNED human rights campaigner has criticised five of the region’s MPs for voting against gay marriage, as new figures reveal that the number of same sex civil partnerships in Suffolk is increasing.

Peter Tatchell said that the bill, which cleared its first parliamentary hurdle last week, was of “symbolic importance” and said denying homosexual couples the right to get married was an insult.

Conservative MPs David Ruffley, Peter Aldous, Therese Coffey, Douglas Carswell and Priti Patel all opposed the bill, while Ben Gummer, Dan Poulter, Tim Yeo, Matthew Hancock and Sir Bob Russell voted in favour.

Mr Gummer said the state should not discriminate between heterosexual couples and gay couples while Dr Coffey said she wanted to “preserve family life.”

Mr Tatchell said: “I’m shocked that five East Anglian MPs support discrimination against gay people and do not believe that gay couples in love are worthy of marriage. It is deeply offensive and insulting.”

He added that he would continue to fight to enable heterosexual couples to be able to enter into civil partnerships.

Mr Tatchell said: “We should all be equal before the law, currently gay couples are banned from civil marriages and heterosexual couples are banned from civil partnerships. The Government’s legislation only ensures gay equality, not heterosexual equality. Civil partnerships are a separate legal system, separate is not equal.

The campaigner’s comments come as Suffolk County Council revealed that the number of civil partnerships has gone up over the last three years from 61 couples in 2010 to 68 couples in 2012.

The Orwell Bridge remains open this morning but the strongest winds are expected after 8am.

One lane of the A12 was closed to traffic this morning, causing lengthy delays, due to a collision and oil spillage near Colchester.

These pictures from The Lattice Barn pub in Woodbridge Road will evoke fond memories for many from 1974.

A Suffolk NHS trust has been ranked one of the best of the country, despite experiencing its most challenging winter on record.

Drivers are advised that it is “highly likely” the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk will shut during tomorrow morning’s rush hour amid forecasts of 65mph gusts.

He’s a well known television personality, but what’s John Bishop like live? Reviewer ELLIS BARKER headed down to the Regent tonight for the first gig of his three-night stop in Ipswich.

Warnings issued of the Orwell Bridge’s third closure in as many weeks have prompted renewed calls for a northern bypass to be built.

An investigation into whether ambulance delays caused the deaths of patients in the East of England must be transparent and independent, a union leader has warned.

A couple who run a hedgehog rescue charity from their home near Stowmarket say they released more than 400 of the little animals into the wild just last year.

New volunteers are being sought to join the ranks of Suffolk’s Special Constabulary and help keep their county safe.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24