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Halstead: Voter backlash at MP gay marriage support
9:00am Sunday 10th February 2013 in News
Halstead's MP has defended his decision to vote in favour of gay marriage, despite being bombarded with criticism from disapproving constituents.
Brooks Newmark was among the MPs to give his approval to the plans to allow same sex couples to marry in England and Wales as the Commons voted 400 to 175 in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Despite the outcome, voting divided the Conservative party with 136 Tory MPs opposing the bill.
Mr Newmark revealed a number of his constituents also expressed their opposition.
He said he received about 70 letters and emails with the majority coming from those with strong religious beliefs, but he also claimed he received about half a dozen “rude, bigoted emails”.
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