In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), John Penrose voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
In May 2012, during the coalition government's consultation on same-sex marriage, Mr Penrose responded to an letter from a constituent on the subject, saying:
- "... I believe politicians of any party would be on dangerous ground if they start blurring the distinction between religious and civil marriage. In the end, questions on religious marriage have to be decided by churches (or mosques, synagogues etc) and religious leaders, while politicians hold sway over state recognition instead.
- "And the two types of marriage have important differences, for good reasons. For example, I I'm sure we'd both agree that it's better for the sake of a strong and successful society for any Government to encourage same-sex couples to form stable, committed, long-term and loving relationships. The alternative, which used to be far too common, was that gays and lesbians were relegated to the margins of society, which can't be good for them or for the wider community either. That's why David Cameron (and me) are in favour of same-sex partnerships and the consultation which was launched last month focuses – quite rightly – on state recognition."
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