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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Maria Miller: We will not damage religious freedom

Maria Miller answers questions over gay marriage. Credit: ITV News

Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller has said the government would never introduce a bill that would damage religious freedom as MPs debate gay marriage.

She said: “We firmly support marriage, its one of the most important institutions that we have in our country.

"The government should not stop people getting married unless there’s a very good reason and being gay I don’t believe is one of them.”

The government will outline plans for same-sex marriage tomorrow.

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