Labour's Yvette Cooper welcomed David Cameron's backing for gay church weddings, but urged the Prime Minister to ensure Parliament "gets on with it" with an early debate:
We have been campaigning for some time for religious organisations who want to celebrate same sex marriage to be able to do so.
David Cameron has listened, that is very welcome, but it is important too that Parliament gets on with it now.
I hope David Cameron will not be deterred by opposition within his own party and beyond. We need the Government to move forward with an early debate in Parliament so the issue doesn't stall.
No church or religious organisation should be or will be required to hold same sex marriages and we would expect that to be set out in the legislation.
Same-sex marriage will remain illegal in the Church of England, as the Government unveiled its plans to extend marriage to gay couples.
David Cameron is facing a backlash from Tory MPs and religious groups over allowing gay weddings in churches.