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Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has responded to reports on the Church of England's comments on same-sex marriage. Ms Cooper said:
The director for the Coalition for Marriage has handed a petition to Downing Street against plans to change laws to allow gay marriage.
Colin Hart told press outside No 10 that "the government should listen to the people" and to keep existing marriage legislation.
The Home Secretary has said the Government will not be "pressuring" religious organisations into performing same-sex marriages. Theresa May said that 'commitment' from gay marriages would "help stability in society".
The Bishop of Leicester has told ITV News that the Government should "not hurry" consultations into laws surrounding same-sex marriage.
Bishop Tim Stevens said that the move could have "unintended consequences" into the relationship between the government and the Church of England.
The Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Rev Steven Croft, said the Government proposals on gay marriage represented a "fundamental change" to a "very, very important" social institution.
A Home Office spokesman said: "The purpose of the equal civil marriage consultation is to enable us to listen to all views, including those of all religions.
"Marriage is one of the most important institutions we have. It binds us together, it brings stability, and it makes this country stronger. We have been clear that no religious organisation will be forced to conduct same-sex marriages as a result of our proposals.
"We welcome the Church of England's response and we will be carefully considering all points of view before publishing the outcome of the consultation later in the year."
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell accused the Church of England of "scaremongering, exaggerating the effects of same-sex marriage and advocating legal discrimination", saying public opinion was overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage.
Latest ITV News reports
The Church of England said the introduction of same-sex marriage would lead to a clash between its own canon law and that of Parliament.