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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Senior Tories launch gay marriage campaign group

Senior Tories including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have defied party traditionalists by launching a group to campaign for gay marriage.

The London mayor and Education Secretary are among more than a dozen senior figures backing moves to allow same-sex weddings to be held in places of worship.

The issue has sparked a serious rift in the Conservative Party, with more than 100 of its MPs expected to oppose the change in the Commons next year.

Some have criticised David Cameron for "arrogance" in pushing ahead with the plans, despite his promise of a free vote.

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