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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.

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Tory MP: Gay marriage law change 'right thing to do'

The Conservative group backing gay marriage was formed by Nick Herbert, the former police minister who resigned from the Government in September's reshuffle.

Former policing minister Nick Herbert. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Mr Herbert, who is in a civil partnership, said changing the law was "the right the thing to do".

He said: "It is precisely because marriage is such a uniquely important institution that we should ensure that all couples who want to enter into it, regardless of their sexuality, can do so. Conservatives who believe in marriage should feel this most strongly."

However, Mr Herbert insisted it would be wrong to "compel religious organisations to marry same-sex couples against their will" and called for legal "safeguards" to prevent it.

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