The Government has said its plans to legislate same-sex marriage build on Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to freedom of religion.
The "quadruple" legal lock included in the face of the legislation is as follows:
- No religious body or individual minister can be compelled to marry same-sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises.
- It will be unlawful for religious organisations or their ministers to marry same-sex couples unless their organisation's governing body has expressly 'opted in'.
- The Equality Act 2010 is to be amended to ensure no discrimination claim can be brought against religious organisations or individual ministers for refusing to marry a same-sex couple.
- The legislation will explicitly state that it will be illegal for the Church of England and the Church in Wales to marry same-sex couples and that Canon Law, which bans same-sex weddings, will continue to apply.
The Government has to balance the importance of treating all couples equally and fairly with respect for religious organisation's rights for their own beliefs.
We need to be fair to same sex couples. The state should not be banning them from such a great institution.
Equally, we need to be fair to people of faith and (so) religious protections that I will set out will ensure that fairness is at the heart of our proposals.
Equalities Minister Maria Miller has confirmed the Government will extend marriage to same-sex couples in a civil ceremony and allow those religious organisations which wish to conduct gay marriages to do so.
Outlining the plans in the Commons, she said a "quadruple lock" in law will also be offered to protect religious institutions and individuals from being forced to hold the same-sex ceremonies.
My statement in the House today on Equal Marriage consultation results is at 12.30
The Rev Sharon Ferguson has told Daybreak that "gay marriage has nothing to do with procreation."
She said: "Marriage is the union between two people. It's supposed to emulate the relationship between Christ and the Church."
Canon Dr Chris Sugden has told Daybreak that he is against plans to legalise gay marriage.
He said: "If you degender marriage then who is married?
"Marriage would be merely a contract between neutered individuals, because they are not going to be able in principle to have children."
The Government will today set out its plans to legislate for gay marriage amid bitter opposition from some Tory MPs.
The historic move - which will allow same-sex couples to wed in church - has been hailed by gay rights campaigners but has angered Tory traditionalists who have warned that many activists will no longer be prepared to go out and campaign for the party if it goes through.
Conservative MP David Davies has attempted to play down accusations that he is prejudiced against homosexual people by posting a video of himself boxing against an openly gay boxer in 2008.
He said that he started training with Charles 'Pink Pounder' Jones subsequently because he respected and liked him.
Davies came under criticism yesterday for saying that "most parents" would prefer their children to not be gay.
He posted the following video on Twitter along with the comment: "Once fought [a] gay boxer. Respect and like. Trained with [him] after bout so not bigoted. Activists calm down - listen to other view".
Maria Miller being v confusing in Commons now. Is she rowing back from PM agreement that churches who want to can hold same sex marriages?
Maria Miller is a bit perplexing in this urgent question. Are they allowing churches to do same sex marriages or not?
The government will announce its plans for same-sex marriage tomorrow, Maria Miller has confirmed after being called to answer an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.
During the debate, Conservative MP Edward Leigh criticised the Prime Minister's decision to announce on Friday that there should be same sex marriage in churches.