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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.

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Proposals 'respect' same-sex couples and people of faith

In her statement to the Commons, Maria Miller said today's proposals protected "important religious freedoms while ensuring that same-sex couples have the same freedom to marry as opposite-sex couples".

The Conservative Equalities Minister later pleaded for both sides in the row to show "respect" as she was confronted with opposition to the plan from MPs in her own party.

Shadow equalities minister Yvette Cooper condemned the "hysterical" language used by Tory MPs and churches opposed to the move.

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