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St Helens MP Dave Watts supports gay marriage
11:42am Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
Dave Watts was one of 217 Labour MPs to vote in favour of the bill, which will give gay couples equal rights.
ST HELENS North MP Dave Watts joined colleagues in an historic vote to back same sex marriages.
Watts was one of 217 Labour MPs to vote in favour of the bill, which will give gay couples equal rights.
MPs voted for the Same Sex Marriage Bill by 400 to 175. Shaun Woodward, MP for St Helens South, did not vote.
A spokesman said Mr Woodward is a firm supporter of gay marriage but was unable to attend the second reading of the bill because of “commitments made some months ago”.
The MP’s spokesman added: "His position on equality issues has been unequivocally supportive.
“He led on the arguments for an Equal Age of Consent, Repealing Section 28 and supporting Civil Partnerships.
“On this issue he is wholly in favour of equality for all couples. He has written to constituents to this effect since the issue was first raised.”
The bill will now go to the House of Lords and if passed will allow gay couples to get married in civil and religious ceremonies.