Gay marriage issue rages in Surrey Heath
By mattcollison | Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 12:38
TORIES in Surrey Heath have been speaking out on the divisive issue of gay marriage ahead of the government's vote.
Surrey County Council chairman and Lightwater councillor Lavinia Sealy is "fundamentally opposed" to same sex marriage.
The issue has been raging in the borough where senior Conservative members have publicly expressed their views.
Last week, Surrey County Council chairman Lavinia Sealy spoke out on same sex marriage, saying she was "fundamentally opposed" to it.
The Conservative councillor for Bisley, Lightwater, Chobham and West End, caused a stir when she argued it would be detrimental to families and children.
And on Sunday (February 3) Geoffrey Vero, chairman of Surrey Heath Conservative Constituency, delivered a letter to David Cameron arguing it was costing the party votes. He said the move could affect Mr Cameron's chances of getting re-elected in 2015.
But Michael Gove, Surrey Heath MP, has publicly declared his support for gay marriage. He told the Mail on Sunday it was wrong to deny the right to same-sex couples.
Writing on his Surrey Heath Residents Blog, Paul Deach, Surrey Heath Borough councillor for Mytchett and Deepcut, said: "In my time involved in local politics, I have not seen an issue divide local conservatives - the ruling group in Surrey - so bitterly with rank and file Tory's threatening to leave the party, refusing to pay their subs and even suggesting that our MP and senior government cabinet minister Michael Gove be deselected for expressing his -free- view in favour of gay marriage."
MPs will be debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Commons today (Tuesday, February 5) ahead of the vote expected this evening.
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