Senior Winchester Tory worker criticises MP Steve Brine over gay marriage vote

Under fire: MP Steve Brine

Under fire: MP Steve Brine

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WINCHESTER MP Steve Brine has come under fire for his anti-gay marriage stance.

Two senior members of the Winchester Conservative Association have expressed anger because of his opposition, which culminated in a vote in the House of Commons last Tuesday.

They are Paul Twelftree, the deputy political chairman, and Dave Chawner responsible for overseeing the delivery of leaflets.

Mr Chawner said he had resigned from the party and felt personally let down as Mr Brine and his wife had attended his civil partnership ceremony and reception.

He said: “It has been a major issue for many gay and lesbian people. It touches a raw nerve.

“I asked him why he was taking this view and he responded by saying ‘I’m a Christian and church-going’. As an MP surely you should represent the majority view and not just your own personal view?

“He went on to say that his post bag was overwhelmingly against gay marriage. It is just the God Squad down in the Chandler’s Ford area, a vocal minority, a few hundred out of 70,000 people. When I said he should represent the silent majority I didn’t get much of a reply.

“I’m gay. Around ten per cent of the population are gay, so that is 7,000 men and women in the constituency who have had a difficult enough life. When I was growing up in the 60s it was illegal. I lot of people have had lives distorted and disturbed.”

Mr Twelftree was unavailable for comment.

Mr Chawner said: “He (Mr Twelftree) was fuming about it. I don’t think he has resigned from the Conservative Association but from Steve Brine’s campaign team.”

Mr Brine, in an email, said: “People come and go from political parties all the time. It’s hardly a secret, as evidenced by my postbag and that of every other MP, that this issue was deeply divisive across the political spectrum.”

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery voted in favour of gay marriage, saying: “I have always believed that a defining characteristic of any developed society is that it treats its citizens equally.”

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9:15am Thu 14 Feb 13

ReverendPaul says...

It comes as no surprise that some MPs obviously has a set of double standards and he is in a minority when it comes to voting against a major legislation issue. He ok to attend a Civil Partnership but then votes against equality and uses an ill-informed faith link to vote against. Maybe if he and other MPs did research they find the majority of Christians are for equality as well. If he had taken a formal vote across his area I am sure he would of found a majority in favour of change not against it.
It comes as no surprise that some MPs obviously has a set of double standards and he is in a minority when it comes to voting against a major legislation issue. He ok to attend a Civil Partnership but then votes against equality and uses an ill-informed faith link to vote against. Maybe if he and other MPs did research they find the majority of Christians are for equality as well. If he had taken a formal vote across his area I am sure he would of found a majority in favour of change not against it. ReverendPaul
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5:19pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Yves1977 says...

Is it double standards? Not sure. But its certainly having your cake and wanting to eat it!
Is it double standards? Not sure. But its certainly having your cake and wanting to eat it! Yves1977
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8:39am Fri 15 Feb 13

reader1111111 says...

As a christian and a churchgoer he must be aware that 'If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them'. If Mr Brine is a true christian he should surely believe the bible is the true word of god and he should be campaigning for the death sentence for gays. But I suspect he only believes the parts that agree with his own prejudices. I reckon we can prove this by asking him if he agrees with Deuteronomy 21:18-21 which states that a rebellious child should be stoned to death.
As a christian and a churchgoer he must be aware that 'If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them'. If Mr Brine is a true christian he should surely believe the bible is the true word of god and he should be campaigning for the death sentence for gays. But I suspect he only believes the parts that agree with his own prejudices. I reckon we can prove this by asking him if he agrees with Deuteronomy 21:18-21 which states that a rebellious child should be stoned to death. reader1111111
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9:37pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Lesshaw says...

My guess is that a lot of MP's voted 'for' because of party politics even though they were given a free vote(?). Steve voted with his heart and was faithfull to his beliefs and His Lord. Hardly double standards! Why should something that has stood for thousands of years and been ordained by God suddenly be changed for a minority?
My guess is that a lot of MP's voted 'for' because of party politics even though they were given a free vote(?). Steve voted with his heart and was faithfull to his beliefs and His Lord. Hardly double standards! Why should something that has stood for thousands of years and been ordained by God suddenly be changed for a minority? Lesshaw
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9:41am Sat 16 Feb 13

cardinalfang says...

Always good to know that your local parliamentary representative makes decisions based on what an imaginary friend in the sky would think. Having said that, gay people in favour of this proposal also seem to want approval from mystic beings, so I can't tell who is the most deluded. Still, no matter, the bishops in the House of Lords will derail the plans of the metropolitan elite that matter not a jot to the vast majority of people.
Always good to know that your local parliamentary representative makes decisions based on what an imaginary friend in the sky would think. Having said that, gay people in favour of this proposal also seem to want approval from mystic beings, so I can't tell who is the most deluded. Still, no matter, the bishops in the House of Lords will derail the plans of the metropolitan elite that matter not a jot to the vast majority of people. cardinalfang
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8:30pm Tue 19 Feb 13

chumpster says...

If god does exist, I'd like to think of him/her/it as an open-minded moderniser, and he/her/it would therefore look back at some of the work his loyal disciples did over 2000 years ago with a bit of embarrassment....
If god does exist, I'd like to think of him/her/it as an open-minded moderniser, and he/her/it would therefore look back at some of the work his loyal disciples did over 2000 years ago with a bit of embarrassment.... chumpster
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