Gay marriage public meetings held in Truro by Sarah Newton and Bishop Tim
Gay marriage will be the topic under discussion at public meetings to be held in Truro.
The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, and MP Sarah Newton will host the meetings to gauge public opinion on the controversial topic.
Proposals to enable equal civil marriage between same-sex couples are currently on the table.
National speakers will address the audience on the proposals, with a representative from the gay and lesbian rights charity Stonewall speaking in support and Sharon James from the campaign group Coalition for Marriage presenting the opposition case.
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The discussion will then be opened to the audience, with local residents having the opportunity to express their views.
Mrs Newton said: "Like any new policy the proposals for same sex civil marriage are liable to be misunderstood, these meetings are an excellent opportunity for people to learn the actual details of the proposals and to listen to different points of view regarding them."
On Friday a morning meeting will be held at Diocesan House, Kenwyn, Truro from 10am to midday and an evening meeting held at the Chapter House of Truro Cathedral from 6pm to 8pm. Local residents wishing to participate in the meetings are asked to register their attendance through Mrs Newton's website www.sarahnewton.org.uk or by calling her office on 01872 274 760.