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:
Same-sex marriage will remain illegal in the Church of England, as the Government unveiled its plans to extend marriage to gay couples.
David Cameron is facing a backlash from Tory MPs and religious groups over allowing gay weddings in churches.