Sarah Teather votes against Equal Marriage – despite her website proclaiming support for it

February 5, 2013 8:15 pm

Unlike the vast majority of Lib Dems, Sarah Teather voted against Equal Marriage this evening, and has set out her reasoning here. Clearly as far as the Brent Central MP is concerned, the “liberal” thing to do nowadays is to stop people from getting married…

However, Teather’s position on this is particularly confusing (and embarrassing) when considering her shared website with Brent Lib Dens had, until earlier this evening,  a large advert proclaiming that Teather and Brent Lib Dems were “taking PRIDE in delivering Equal Marriage”. The image appears to have been attached to a post from January 25th that no longer appears on the site, but which said Equal Marriage would: “strengthen the important tradition of marriage in our society, ensuring it remains a vibrant institution well into the 21st century and beyond”.

Fortunately, her local paper The Brent and Kilburn Times took the following screengrab:

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Sarah Teather will need an army of Lib Dem volunteers to have even a remote chance of saving  her seat. On this showing, she’ll be on her own…

  • http://twitter.com/Ceilidhann Kayleigh Anne

    I’ve seen several Lib Dem students online proclaiming that they will never campaign for Teather and certainly won’t be doing so in 2015. I know she’s been on a desperate dash to compensate for her time as a government minister by rebelling against the government but this wasn’t the best time for her to do that.

    • Chilbaldi

      she’s always struck me as a bit of a confused, walking joke.

    • http://twitter.com/AndyUpNorth Andrew Gray

      Several Lib Dem students are hardly going to cost her an election. After all, it’s up to the public to decide, not activists in any party who can’t respect colleagues views!

  • Brumanuensis

    “Once the concept of marriage has become established in social consciousness as an entirely private matter about love and commitment alone, without any link to family, I fear that it will accelerate changes already occurring that makes family life more unstable. (I should add, that I also suspect it will make marriage ultimately seem irrelevant. After all, how long before gay people begin to say, as many straight couples of my own generation have begun to say, “if marriage is just about love, why would I need a piece of paper to prove it?”)”

    I didn’t realise Teather assessed the value of her own marriage with reference to other couples’ marriages.

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  • RC

    I’m really disappointed with Sarah’s decision and I feel it has undermined all of the equal rights campaigning she says she has ‘devoted’ her time to over the years. I don’t understand her argument, surely she should be campaigning for the importance of marriage and the positive role it plays in our society, rather than opposing equal marriage. If, in her opinion, marriage is so important for the stability of family life, why isn’t she encouraging same-sex parents to marry? This just shows her true colours and that deep down she doesn’t believe in real equality.

  • http://www.robertsharp.co.uk Robert

    What is the cynical, Occam’s Razor explanation for this about-face? Are a large number of her constituents against it?

  • kb32904

    A LibDem saying one thing then doing the opposite – surely not…….!

  • http://www.facebook.com/timmymc Tim McLoughlin

    This follows her previous campaigning against tuition fees. That was previously the “hardest” decision she had to make. How many more will there be before she is rightfully kicked out?

  • Andrew Evans

    It’s Lib Dem policy – hence the web site. It was a free vote – so she voted with her conscience. Not sure what the problem is?

  • aracataca

    Yet another Fib Dem who has earned the accolade of ‘being beneath contempt’.

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