Michael Dugher MP: I will be voting for equal marriage because of my Catholic upbringing, not in spite of it | Speaker’s Chair

On learning that I am in favour of same-sex marriage, one of my local Catholic priests wrote to me recently saying that he would pray for me. Another local priest expressed his disappointment in me by adding that he had hoped that my Catholic background “would have prompted a more thoughtful response and decision”.

As someone who still regards themselves as a Catholic, whose children are being educated at Catholic school, I have no objection to being prayed for. Indeed I welcome it. We all need praying for. But I thought the suggestion that my support for equal marriage was somehow contradictory to my Catholic upbringing was rather odd.

I don’t go to Mass every week and it’s been a while since I did R.E at school. But I have yet to see anything in the Gospels where Christ voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage. I don’t, for example, recall that after Jesus had turned water into wine at the Wedding at Cana, Our Lord then went on to tell the guests at the celebration that he would not have been so hospitable had the marriage involved two people of the same gender.

Michael Dugher MP

I was always told that Jesus taught us compassion, understanding and to treat others as we wished to be treated ourselves. I am married – so why shouldn’t two gay people similarly be allowed to get married? At weddings, we often quote from St Paul’s famous first letter to the Corinthians where he told us to abide by three things: faith, hope and love, “but the greatest of these is love”. When the Commons votes today, I will be voting in favour of equal marriage because why shouldn’t two people, who love each other and who want to make a long-term commitment to one another, be able to get married, regardless of their sexuality?

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2 comments for “Michael Dugher MP: I will be voting for equal marriage because of my Catholic upbringing, not in spite of it | Speaker’s Chair

  1. Abraxas
    February 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    And some day he will vote to legalize plural marriage because, not in spite of, being Catholic. The man has mush in his head. And anyone who can write about himself, “as someone who still regards themselves…” shows that he has utterly imbibed political correctness, precluding all rational thought and speech. He holds the Humpty Dumpty theory of language: a word means whatever he (or themselves) says it means.

    • Terence
      February 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

      But unlike yourself, he has actually constructed an argument in support of his ideas.

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