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Opponents of gay marriage dominate MPs’ postbags

Three quarters of MPs who took part in a poll said they received more letters and emails opposing the Coalition’s plans to redefine marriage than in support.

The polling also found strong support for a free vote in the Commons on the issue, despite signs that Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs will face a party whip when the plans are debated.

Only a quarter of the MPs polled backed the idea that the Government should press ahead with the plans “irrespective” of the size of opposition in the official consultation. The document published earlier this year made clear that the Government would take all points raised into account but “not the number of responses received”.

ComRes polled 154 MPs, about a quarter of the Commons, on behalf of the Coalition For Marriage, which campaigns against the change.

In total, 74 per cent said they would sum up the balance of correspondence they received as negative, with almost half — 47 per cent — saying they were “strongly negative”.

Daily Telegraph (1st October)