'Balanced' gay marriage plans spark backbencher anger

Maria Miller has told ITV News she hopes the fact that same-sex marriage will remain illegal within the Church of England will provide reassurance for MPs opposed to the new law.

The Equalities Minister stressed repeatedly in her statement to the Commons outlining the plans that the new proposals balanced the rights of gay couples with people of faith who opposed the change.

But the exchanges that followed underlined that sharp division remains within the Conservative Cabinet minister's own party, as ITV News's Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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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.