Fairness 'at the heart' of Government's marriage proposal

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.

– Maria Miller, outlining the same-sex marriage proposals