On the Government’s plans to change the law to support gay marriage - this is an issue which divides opinion within my constituency and amongst the wider public.
I personally support the right of people of the same sex who love each other and who want to commit to each other to make vows to that effect to God. Of course I recognise the enormous benefits of happy loving marriage and the stability that brings for children and family life. But I also recognise the sincerity and depth of the love between so many same sex couples and would not want to deny them the opportunity for that to be fully realised.
When people love each other and want to make a long term commitment, we should welcome and celebrate it. Changing the law to support gay marriage is the right thing to do and is an important way for the state and society to recognise and respect commitment.
Thank you again for getting in touch.
With best wishes,
Tessa Jowell MP
From: Yvonne Stewart-Williams [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 27 January 2013 20:39 To: JOWELL, Tessa Subject: Please Vote Yes for Equal Marriage
Dear Dame Tessa,
I am a member of your constituency.
I live at Flat A, 56 Barnwell Road, Brixton London SW2 1PW.
I am a lesbian and would like you as my MP to PLEASE vote YES for Equal Marriage on Tuesday 5th February 2013.
I am a London born, English lesbian biological mother of a male child named James. I am also in a long term committed relationship with a woman. I am in full time paid employment and am the published author of the book 'Altered Perceptions'. I have a Schizoaffective disorder mental distress diagnosis and I was diagnosed with Erotomania, which is treated with a small amount of regular oral anti-psychotic medication, whilst I was a prisoner in HMP Holloway in 2009. I am responsible and active with the well being of my only biological child James who was in long term foster care with a heterosexual married couple. This was due to consequences of my mental distress experiences, and my prior single parent status.