– Maria Miller, outlining the same-sex marriage proposals
The Government has to balance the importance of treating all couples equally and fairly with respect for religious organisation's rights for their own beliefs.
We need to be fair to same sex couples. The state should not be banning them from such a great institution.
Equally, we need to be fair to people of faith and (so) religious protections that I will set out will ensure that fairness is at the heart of our proposals.
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.