Boris urges Tory MPs to support gay marriage plans

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged Conservative MPs to end the "protracted" discussion on gay marriage and support the government in making it law.

He told Sky News' Murnaghan show: "The Labour party would vote for it, the Liberals would vote for it, huge numbers of Tories would vote for it, whack it through, let's knock this thing on the head."

He added: "It's a symbolic discussion but I think it's been protracted now beyond it's usefulness, let's do it."

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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.