Miller: Marriage to be extended to same-sex couples

Maria Miller
Maria Miller told the Commons the legislation would "strengthen not weaken" the institution of marriage.

Equalities Minister Maria Miller has confirmed the Government will extend marriage to same-sex couples in a civil ceremony and allow those religious organisations which wish to conduct gay marriages to do so.

Outlining the plans in the Commons, she said a "quadruple lock" in law will also be offered to protect religious institutions and individuals from being forced to hold the same-sex ceremonies.

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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.