58 MPs and peers sign letter opposing same-sex marriage

58 parliamentarians from both the Commons and the Lords have signed a strongly-worded letter of protest against Government plans to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The letter, written to the Daily Telegraph, accuses the Government of “ploughing on regardless” of “overwhelming" opposition, and suggest that the consultation process lacks legitimacy.

The Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced the planned changes last week and the legislation is expected to come into force in the summer.

According to the Daily Telegraph, around 137 Conservative MPs are expected to vote against the changes based on letters written to their constituents.

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Gay marriage plans a 'shambles'

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has described the Government's plans for gay marriage as undemocratic and a "shambles".