In September 2010, Julian Sturdy responded to a letter from a constituent concerning possible cuts to the UK science budget in the forthcoming spending review. His response seemed to echo much of the coalition government's line as expressed in Vince Cable's speech the previous month, as well as letters from a number of other Conservative MPs.
In April 2012, during the coalition government consultation on same-sex marriage, a constituent wrote to Mr Sturdy arguing in favour of gay marriage. Sturdy's response was described as "broadly positive", although he seemed to support legislation not forcing religious organisations or individuals to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.
In February 2013, when the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill came to the Commons for its second reading, Mr Sturdy wrote a letter explaining his decision to vote against the bill:
- "My decision to vote against the proposals reflected my profound fear that religious freedom could be challenged and threatened by same sex marriage. Those who hold religious faith in this country, particularly Christian beliefs, have been marginalised, undermined and all too often dismissed in recent years. Whilst unlikely in practice, the prospect that same sex marriage could lead to religious organisations or ministers being legally challenged or socially pressurised to carry out such ceremonies on their premises is, in my view, both unacceptable and divisive."
At the third reading in May 2013, Mr Sturdy again voted against the bill.
In February 2015 Julian Sturdy voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
- http://www.jamesarmstrong.org.uk/2012/04/27/gay-marriage-a-response-from-my-local-mp-julian-sturdy-con-york-outer/ [link dead?]
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