Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, head of the Equal Love campaign, welcomed David Cameron's support for gay church weddings:
David Cameron's support for the right of religious organisations to conduct same-sex marriages is a welcome defence of gay equality and religious freedom.
The Unitarians, Quakers and Liberal Jews all want to conduct marriages for their lesbian and gay faithful. It is no business of the law to block them.
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.