Council motion to support same-sex marriage was 'pointless' and a 'political ploy' opposition parties have said
A MOTION for Swansea councillors to back Westminster and to support same-sex marriage was "pointless" and a "political ploy", opposition parties have said.
Last week, Swansea councillors became the first local authority in Wales to support proposals to equalise marriage between partners of the same gender.
The Labour group had asked all councillors to support the stance taken by Prime Minister David Cameron and LGBT Champion, councillor John Bayliss said the vote was intended to show support to Swansea's LGBT community but claimed it ended up being a "humiliation" for the opposition groups because it was passed by a majority.
Mr Bayliss said: "This reveals the real dichotomy between what the Tories say on LGBT matters nationally and locally."
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He said he was disappointed some councillors left the chamber during the debate.
"These people are elected and paid to vote on such matters on behalf of their constituents." added Mr Bayliss.
Leader of the Conservative Group, Paxton Hood-Williams said that the vote was "totally pointless".
"It did absolutely nothing to enhance the quality of life of residents in Swansea.
"The decision had already been taken in Westminster. If it had been made before that decision, it might have had some point," he said.
He said only one Conservative member left the chamber and said he "regretted that the Labour Group could not bring forward anything substantive".
"This was a purely pointless vote, that tried to embarrass Conservative councillors, but failed miserably," he added.
Mary Jones, speaking for the Liberal Democrats, said: "The Liberal Democrats support all members of the community.
"This was just a political ploy by the Labour party in Swansea to try to embarrass those councillors who may not have supported their notice of motion."