n supports Bill MP David Borrow
A LABOUR MP born in Huddersfield is planning a gay "marriage" if a Bill becomes law.
David Borrow, 52, said he and his partner would sign up to the new civil partnership.
The MP, who sits for South Ribble, near Preston, announced his intention during a Commons debate.
The Civil Partnership Bill aims to give gay couples the same rights as married ones on benefits and pensions.
Mr Borrow said: "I hope to take advantage of it once it is passed."
The MP, a former pupil of Mirfield Grammar School, came out publicly in 1998.
He said he had paid into a pension fund for 30 years, but his partner would not get a penny.
He added: "What is important is that we provide a structure for same-sex couples to live their lives in a way that gives them some security, especially as they move towards old age," said Mr Borrow.
MPs approved the Bill at its second reading by 426 votes to 49.
It now goes to the committee stage for consideration