On Tuesday 5 February MPs voted overwhelmingly to support marriage equality in England and Wales. 400 MPs voted to back the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at Second Reading in the House of Commons.
Sadly, this means that nearly 250 MPs either abstained or voted against this modest final legislative measure of equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
MPs rely on your support to be elected.
If your MP did not vote to support marriage equality you might want to write to them and ask why. If you voted for them at the last General Election you may also want to let them know how their decision might influence your vote in the future.
Of course if your MP did support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill you might also want to write to them to thank them. MPs often receive lots of criticism for the decisions they make – we’re sure they’d love to hear from a grateful constituent!
MPs will have another change to vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill when it returns for further scrutiny at what is known as Report Stage and Third Reading. There’s still time to let your MP know how important this change is to you and your family.
Now is the time to make sure that your voice is heard.
On 5 February 400 MPs voted to support marriage equality in England and Wales. 175 voted against and 71 MPs abstained.
If you’re disappointed with how your MP voted you might want to write to them. You might want to tell them why equal marriage matters to you. If you voted for them at the last General Election don’t forget to let them know how their decision may influence your vote in the future.
It’s important to remember that personal letters and stories matter more than the identical postcards that many MPs receive.
If you hear back from your MP don't forget to let us know by emailing email@example.com
Here’s a list of how MPs voted at the Second Reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. If your MP is not on the list, then they didn’t vote.
Many MPs now communicate with local constituents via Twitter. If you are a regular tweeter you could also contact your local MP online. Don't forget to include the hashtag #EqualMarriage.one of our fantastic e-postcards with them!
Everyone likes receiving something in the post that isn't their latest gas bill! You can show your support for equality by ordering one of our fantastic postcards to send to your friends, family or local MP.
We have a huge selection of Twitter and Facebook profile pictures, Facebook banners and e-postcards that you can share online. Make sure your friends and family know that you’ve said ‘I Do’ to equal marriage.
Long-term same-sex relationships are being publicly compared to bestiality, slavery and child abuse by opponents of equal marriage – who will stop at almost nothing to prevent Britain’s lesbian, gay and bisexual people from enjoying this last measure of equality. Organised opposition from groups such as the so-called Coalition for Marriage and the Catholic Church is attempting to gain momentum and media coverage to whip up a public frenzy.
We know this campaign will only intensify over the coming weeks and months, making it critical that we make sure the voices of Britain’s 3.7 million gay people are heard above the bigotry and ignorance.
Your donation will help us tackle this very well-funded campaign against equality and help us continue to push for the extension of the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples.
We’ll be campaigning hard over the coming months to ensure that MPs and members of the House of Lords support this final modest measure of legislative equality.