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Labour: Yvette Cooper says Govt should rethink same-sex marriage

Labour press release

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, said:

“Ministers have made a real mess of this. Why are they making it expressly illegal for the Church of England and the Church in Wales to hold same sex marriages, when even senior figures in both churches are questioning it?

“The Government should rethink this before they publish the legislation. Religious freedom should be protected in the legislation. But that goes both ways. Churches that want to hold same sex marriages should be able to
do so.

"Although the Church of England has said it does not support same sex marriage right now I hope it will change its position in time. Parliament should not be making it harder for any Church to change its mind in future - especially the established church. Adding extra "locks" to make it additionally "illegal" for the Church of England and the Church in Wales to hold same sex marriages sends a negative and outdated message. I hope the Government starts listening and changes these plans or we will need to consider possible amendments once the Bill is published.”

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