Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:55 pm on 5th February 2013.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 3:55 pm, 5th February 2013

No, I am sorry—I want other Members to have a chance to speak.

I have a simple solution to the problem. I hate to bring the EU into the debate, but the Prime Minister has gone for a referendum on that very important issue. Tonight, everyone on the Government Benches and everyone on the Opposition Benches could be united if the Minister, having listened to the debate, said, “I recognise that this is a matter of conscience and I want to put it to the British people.” We are going to have an in-out referendum on the EU in 2017, so why do we not put this matter off until 2017, and then the whole nation can decide on it, not just us 600 people here tonight?