After the American Civil War a number of politician who supported the freeing of slaves, still did not believe
be they should be treated equally as blacks and should be denied the right of citizenship.
They may be free they argued but they are not equal.
Last night those MPs who voted against Gay Marriages where saying a similar thing .
Being Gay may be legal but it is you should not have the same status as heterosexuals.
There may be some who hid under the guise of religious conviction but religion has nothing to do with the legality of marriage ever since the introduction of Civil marriages
Under the proposed legislation no religious institution will be forced to conduct same -sex marriages if they did not want to.
What those MPs who voted against the legislation last night was not them acting out of religious conviction but them displaying their inherent prejudices.
I don't know if Gays would prefer those who oppose them being treated equally being honest in their disapproval of their sexuality. But it seems to me to be preferable to them hiding behind mealy words about the sanctity of marriage between a man and a women.