ELLESMERE Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller has shown his support for same-sex marriage in the House of Commons.
However, the Bishop of Shrewsbury praised politicians who voted against same-sex marriage during an annual Mass of thanksgiving for married couples across the diocese.
The Rt Rev Mark Davies said the Catholic Church will always uphold the true meaning of marriage just days after the Commons voted in favour of the controversial marriage Bill for same-sex couples.
Mr Miller and Chester City MP Stephen Mosley voted in favour of same-sex marriage, while Eddisbury MP Stephen O’Brien voted against it.
Repeating the Church’s teaching of marriage as ‘a lifelong, exclusive union between a man and a woman’ which formed the foundation of the family, Bishop Davies added it was possible to ‘quickly see the absurdity of changing the identity of marriage in the name of a false understanding of equality by the desire to even strike out the cherished names of mother and father’.
He told more than 300 worshippers the Church had always ‘defended the essence of marriage against all who have sought over the centuries to change or distort its reality’ and Catholics ‘must do so again’.
Bishop Davies paid tribute to the ‘courage’ of Cheshire and Shropshire MPs who voted against the Bill.
He added: “I wish to pay public tribute to those members of parliament across the Shrewsbury diocese who, in the face of pressures, stood up for the meaning and identity of marriage and defended the religious freedom of future generations.
“Such politicians deserve our gratitude and support for their courageous and principled stand.”