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Gove: Teachers won't be required to 'promote' gay marriage

Michael Gove writes in the Mail on Sunday today. Credit: PA

Education Secretary Michael Gove has thrown his support behind the proposed legalisation of same-sex marriage and promised teachers would not be disciplined for refusing to promote it.

Writing in today's Mail on Sunday, Mr Gove explained his stance:

"Some teachers are concerned that equal marriage legislation may require them to teach views which go against their beliefs and open them to threats - either in the workplace or the courts - from those who hold diverging views.

"I want to reassure those teachers today because so many of our best, and wisest, teachers are people of deep religious faith."

"Teachers will not be able to pretend that legal marriages between same-sex couples do not exist, but there will be no requirement to promote them," he added.