We have campaigned for some time for religious organisations who want to celebrate same sex marriage to be able to - Cooper

7 December 2012

Yvette CooperYvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, responding to David Cameron’s comments on same-sex marriage, said:

"We have been campaigning for some time for religious organisations who want to celebrate same sex marriage to be able to do so. People who love each other and want to make a long term commitment should be able to get married whatever their sexuality. David Cameron has listened, that is very welcome, but it is important too that Parliament gets on with it now. The Quakers, the Unitarians, Reform Judaism and other faiths who support same sex marriage should be able to celebrate it. Many religious organisations and people within different faiths support same sex marriage.

“Freedom of religion is important. No church or religious organisation should be or will be required to hold same sex marriages and we would expect that to be set out in the legislation.

“I hope David Cameron will not be deterred by opposition within his own party and beyond. We need the Government to move forward with an early debate in Parliament so the issue doesn't stall.”