Orders of the Day — Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:21 pm on 12th October 2004.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Chair, Public Accounts Committee 2:21 pm, 12th October 2004

I disagree with my hon. Friend. He supports the creation of an institution that is formalised in a register office, has all the attributes of marriage and can be terminated only by a form of divorce. Marriage does not need to be a Christian contract; it can be carried out in a register office, just like the proposed partnerships. Why will he not simply be honest and say that what we are creating is a form of gay marriage? He is entitled to that view, and he should be honest about it.