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Welsh Secretary: gay couples "clearly" can't provide "safe environment" to raise children in

The excerpt of Thursday's 'Face to Face' interview where Welsh Secretary David Jones MP discusses his decision to vote against the UK Government's plan to introduce equal marriage.

"I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can't do" said Mr Jones.

"Which is not to say that I'm in any sense opposed to stable and committed same-sex partnerships."

You can view the whole programme here.

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MPs vote in favour of gay marriage at second reading

MPs have voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill with a majority of 225.

The second reading vote received 400 Ayes to the right against 175 Noes to the left.

The Commons has now cleared for the second time as MPs return to the lobby to vote on the timetable of the motion - setting out how the Bill will proceed through the House.