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Gay marriage public meetings held in Truro by Sarah Newton and Bishop Tim

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

Discussions on gay marriage will be hosted by Sarah Newton MP and the Bishop of Truro

Discussions on gay marriage will be hosted by Sarah Newton MP and the Bishop of Truro

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Gay marriage will be the topic under discussion at public meetings to be held in Truro.

The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, and MP Sarah Newton will host the meetings to gauge public opinion on the controversial topic.

Proposals to enable equal civil marriage between same-sex couples are currently on the table.

National speakers will address the audience on the proposals, with a representative from the gay and lesbian rights charity Stonewall speaking in support and Sharon James from the campaign group Coalition for Marriage presenting the opposition case.

The discussion will then be opened to the audience, with local residents having the opportunity to express their views.

Mrs Newton said: "Like any new policy the proposals for same sex civil marriage are liable to be misunderstood, these meetings are an excellent opportunity for people to learn the actual details of the proposals and to listen to different points of view regarding them."

On Friday a morning meeting will be held at Diocesan House, Kenwyn, Truro from 10am to midday and an evening meeting held at the Chapter House of Truro Cathedral from 6pm to 8pm. Local residents wishing to participate in the meetings are asked to register their attendance through Mrs Newton's website www.sarahnewton.org.uk or by calling her office on 01872 274 760. 

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  • Doitdreckley  |  January 09 2013, 8:39PM

    She does not Ned to worry about her majority as a lot of former liberal voters will vote labour and therefore let her in again.

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  • willythefish  |  January 09 2013, 2:12PM

    I think this is a very sensible move by Mrs Newton. I suspect that there are more votes to be lost in Falmouth / Truro by supporting gay marriage than in opposing it, though if she opposes it, it won't do her reputation much good with her party bosses. Principles aside, Mrs Newton's majority is only in three figures and if she gets this wrong it could cost her her parliamentary seat.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  January 08 2013, 8:51PM

    This MP should have the courage of her convictions assuming she believes in something. Tories had the brass neck to have a go at Labour over 'wasting' time on the fox hunting debate yet are trying to save their necks on this divisive issue for them. Pity they did not out in so much care and attention before the Tories and liberals voted to cut benefits today.

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