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MP opposes gay marriage

Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson has met with religious leaders this morning to discuss gay marriage.

Mr Stephenson says that in a recent survey carried out by his office, around 80 percent of those who responded said they didn't want the introduction of same sex marriages, a view he shares.

The Government has promised an open vote on the issue in Westminster, which is expected to be later in the year. The Scottish Government has announced that gay marriage will be legalised there, with the first ceremonies expected to be in 2015.

The vote in Westminster is expected to split parties, especially the Conservatives. John Stevenson thinks that maintaining the current status quo, of civil partnerships for same sex couples and marriage reserved for mixed sex couples, is the best option.

Alex Salmond defends gay marriage delay

Scotland's First Minister has defended his Government's delay in making a decision on same sex marriage laws.

There was anger from equality campaigners and opposition politicians yesterday when a widely expected announcement was put on hold.

Alex Salmond says a decision will be taken by the end of the month but more time is needed to look at the details.

The government has now set up a special committee chaired by deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to examine the legal issues.

But it rejected calls from Catholic leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien for a referendum