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Gravesham and Dartford MPs vote against gay marriage

PUBLISHED: 10:22 06 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:22 06 February 2013

Although the gay marriage vote passed comfortably last night, both the Gravesham and Dartford politicians opposed it.

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway and Dartford MP Gareth Johnson were among the Tories voting against the bill, adding to the 136 Tories who did not side with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Despite more Conservative MPs voting against it (136) than for it (127), in total more than 400 MPs voted in favour of the legislation.

Mr Johnson wrote on his blog in December: “Marriage is an imperfect institution but one that has stood the test of time for thousands of years. I am a strong supporter of civil partnerships as it is right that gay couples should be able to have all the legal protections that straight couples have but I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.

“For me this issue is not about holding back any section of the community it is about recognising that the definition of marriage should not change.”

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