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Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:49

Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan Explains Her Vote Against The Marriage Equality Law

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Nicky Morgan

Education secretary and equalities minister Nicky Morgan would change her vote on the marriage equality if the opportunity was given to her.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Morgan said she had voted against the marriage equality law because most letters received from her constituents had written to her to do so.

"I had a lot of constituents who asked me to vote in a particular way and I listened to them and it was an issue of conscience too, but I have certainly learned an awful lot doing this job," she said on Wednesday morning.

"I think I probably would [vote in favour of gay marriage]. But at the end of the day, as a member of parliament, I'm also here to represent my constituents... I wish that people had come forward earlier to say: "Actually, we'd like you to support it."

"I suppose for some people it was... obvious but actually I think it was something that we needed to discuss and to debate."

It seems she has received more than 200 letters against the equal marriage and only twenty in its favor on election day.

"I appreciate that there will be people in my constituency who will be unhappy with how I voted and I wish many of them had contacted me earlier and given me a clearer picture of what people thought.

"A lot of people left it until the day, or the day after the vote, to tell me they supported it.

"But at the end of the day, it was a free vote. I have to think about the views of the majority of my constituents and my own personal views and I think we could have handled the whole thing differently and taken more time to have more of a public debate about it instead of just ploughing on.”

Photo credit: The Independent


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