Labour urge Cameron to push through gay marriage debate

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.

– Yvette Cooper, Shadow Women and Equalities Minister

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CofE exempt from gay marriage

New legislation will explicitly state that it will be illegal for the established Churches of England and Wales to conduct same-sex marriages, Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced.