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Same-sex marriage Bill: 'Quite simply this is about love'

Lord Chris Smith has spoken about how civil partnerships, "still labels our lesbian and gay relationships as somehow just a little second-class."

Lord Smith is often credited as the first openly gay MP and told the House of Lords tonight; "I happen to be gay...I am also a Christian and I believe in a loving, accepting, generous God who wants to include people not reject them."

Speaking as part of the debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Lord Smith said: "Quite simply this is about love, commitment and mutual respect."

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