Sir Peter Tapsell’s decision to vote against the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Bill last Tuesday has split opinion among constituents.
The conservative MP and Father of the House confirmed that he voted against the bill at its Second Reading in a free vote.
The bill would allow the extension of marriage to same couples.
Although Sir Peter has not disclosed why he voted against the bill, he was one of 136 Conservative MPs who opposed it.
The measure was passed by a margin of 400 to 175, with a majority of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs voting in favour.
A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times found that nationally, 55 per cent of voters support the idea of same sex marriages, while 36 per cent oppose it.
Views in Sir Peter’s constituency also appear split as readers responded to our Facebook and Twitter posts.
One user on Twitter said: “As one of his constituents I feel let down by this vote.”
Matthew Haslam added: “Surely everybody is equal and should be treated as such.”
On Facebook Jon Crowson, said that Sir Peter had lost his vote because of his decision.
Another, Alex Cox, added: “This doesn’t represent the views of Horncastle constituents, only his own.”
However, some residents told the News that they agree with the MPs decision to vote against the bill.
“I do agree with him. Marriage should be between a man and a woman,” one gentleman said.
One woman told the News: “I’m glad he did vote against it, but don’t agree with some of the reasoning behind it.”
Another gentleman added: “I don’t mind one way or another, but the government has more important issues.”
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