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Gay protest at town council meeting

Two Maryport Town Councillors walked out of a meeting in protest on Monday when another councillor condemned gay marriage.

Councillor Janice Wood said the town council had no remit to discuss gay marriage and she would have nothing to do with it.

She left the meeting followed by her husband, Coun Martin Wood.

The couple were reacting to Coun Linda Radcliffe’s appeal for members to write to Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham to urge that he votes against any proposal to allow gay marriage.

She said: “I am not homophobic. I have friends who are homosexual and will continue to have them as friends. I also have nothing against civil partnerships.

“But I feel that the Government has no mandate to vote on gay marriage when that was not part of any political party’s manifesto.

“I also feel that marriage is an institution which has lasted for thousands of years.

“Primary schools are now being flooded with homosexual books and national religions are being undermined. Civil liberties are being compromised and the Government is strangling the traditions of our society.”

Councillors heard Coun Radcliffe but agreed to take no action.

Have your say

Jon I guess there must have been another Dave who wrote in, but I can't find his letter; your comment has nothing what-so-ever to do with what I said.
Councillors are there to represent ALL of the electorate; to do what is best for the town and its people;and not to promote their own agendas, regardless of how well meaning, or bigotted they may be.
By walking out of a meeting these two are failing in their duties.

Posted by Dave on 8 February 2013 at 23:43

On one level they were correct in saying the council had no business discussing this topic and certainly the homophobic outburst to try and sway the local MP is totally out of order and beyond the remit of local assemblies. Parliament however has more sense than any party here in that it voted to continue to find a way forward on Marriage Equality. I wish we could stop this silly term 'Gay Marriage', as it categorises this form of marriage as different from Heterosexual marriage. The whole point is that the LGBT community is asking to be treated in the same way as everyone else, which is a noble and justified request. Marriage should be for the individual to voluntarily enter into a Union for life to the exclusion of all others with the person of their own choosing. Basic Declaration of Human Rights Article 2.So let us all straight or gay just relax and start to treat others as we might wish to be treated ourselves (the Golden Rule)

Posted by David Gould on 8 February 2013 at 18:46

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