Date set for gay marriage vote

The date has been announced when MPs will be able to vote on the Government's controversial same-sex marriage bill. MPs will be able to vote when the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has its second reading in the House of Commons on February 5.

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C of E 'could not support' proposal to enable all couples

Second Church Estates Commissioner, Sir Tony Baldry, has said that the submission made by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the same-sex marriage bill consultation last year, stated the Church of England could not support the proposal to enable all couples to have a civil marriage ceremony.

The second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will take place on 5th February Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive

According to Sir Tony, it added, that such a move would alter the nature of marriage, because the union of a man and a woman is enshrined in institutions throughout history.

Adding that, changing the nature of marriage would deliver no legal gains, given the rights already conferred by civil partnerships.

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