The Bishop of Leicester,Rt Rev Tim Stevens, has said that gay marriage goes a step beyond what is really needed at the moment because it suggests there is complete uniformity between men and women in terms of the kinds of relationship that they make.
The Home Office has published a consultation, setting out the government's proposals to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage. Current legislation allows same-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership, but not civil marriage.
British actor and equality advocate Simon Callow has said that same-sex marriage was a "natural extension" of gay rights and that if civil partnerships were acceptable, then "marriage should also be acceptable".
Home Secretary Theresa May has written in The Times that government plans to legalise gay marriage will "strengthen society" and poses "no threat" to the Church. Ms May claimed that "marriage should be for everyone", regardless of sexual orientation.
The Home Secretary has rarely spoken out about her Anglican faith, however she said that her views has "nothing to do with telling the Church what to do" and that religious marriage would remain illegal.