The Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton - the former Children's Minister - has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage. He intervened in a speech by Labour's Equalities spokesperson Yvette Cooper.
The debate on legalising gay marriage has begun in the House of Commons. The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, who is the MP for Basingstoke, has been explaining the legislation.
She faced questions from MPs, including Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham), Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion), Sir Gerald Howarth (Aldershot) and Julian Brazier (Canterbury).
MPs from the South will today vote on proposals to legalise same-sex marriage. If passed, the bill would allow religious organisations to marry gay and lesbian couples. Last week, Reading East MP Rob Wilson held a meeting in the town to ask his constituents' views on the issue.