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Most British Catholic MPs voted for same-sex marriage

February 07, 2013

A majority of the Catholic members of the British House of Commons voted in favor of a proposal to recognize same-sex marriage, despite the strong opposition of the Catholic hierarchy.

Among the Catholic MPs who cast ballots in the landmark February 3 vote, 47 favored the government’s proposal, and only 28 opposed it. (Seven Catholic legislators did not register a vote on the issue.)

Among Catholics in the Labour Party, the vote was a solid 32-15 majority for same-sex marriage. Catholics in the Conservative Party gave the measure a thin 12-11 edge, while Liberal Democrats were evenly split, 2-2. One Catholic in the SDLP party voted for the government’s proposal.

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  • Posted by: Pete - Feb. 11, 2013 5:37 PM ET USA

    It's almost "comforting" to know that other supposed "Catholic" legislators have as little regard for Church teaching as our own do. I can't stand the nonsense excuses of "I personally believe ... , but I represent so many people who believe ..." If they had the fortitude to truly believe what the Church teaches, they'd be setting a good Christian example instead of this garbage!