It was a free vote, and the Bill passed 366 to 161.
Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price said: “My position is as it has always been. I support equality for same sex couples, but for me marriage is a sacrament, it is not a creation of the state.
“I would have been comfortable with a Bill which sought to equalise civil partnership with civil marriage. Instead we have a Bill which leaves civil partnership intact and interferes in church affairs.
“I abstained at second reading in the hope that the Bill would be improved. I voted against it at third reading because I was not sent to Parliament to make bad law.
“I do not rule out supporting this in future if the approach is changed.”
South Basildon and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe said: “This is a particularly contentious issue and one which I very carefully considered over many months.”
“I am sure we all agree that discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, age, creed, colour or sexuality is wrong and for that reason I support the right for same-sex couples to have access to Civil Partnerships.
“Civil Partnerships give same-sex couples legal security and are an opportunity to make a public commitment to each other, many of which are celebrated in the same style as a marriage.”
“However, many believe that marriage as defined is the unique (and in a religious context sacred) union of a man and a woman.
Therefore, there is concern that the legal protections offered by the quadruple lock stopping churches and other religious organisations being forced to conduct same sex marriages could be challenged, indeed recent legal opinion has questioned how robust these protections are.
I also believe that the Government has no mandate to redefine marriage, it was not in any party’s main manifesto and therefore many of the public feel they did not vote for this.”
“It is also unnecessary. Some argue that this is about equality and respect. But if we celebrate our differences and equally respect both marriage and civil partnerships then the change is not required.”
“Finally, I believe, along with many others on both sides of the argument, that there are other matters which are far more pressing for the Government to deal with at the present time.”
“I therefore felt unable to support the redefinition of Marriage and voted against the Bill.”
In summary: “I voted against the Bill because I felt that the Government had no mandate for the change; the legal protections offered could be challenged and if we celebrate our differences and equally respect both marriage and civil partnerships then the change is not necessary.”