Orders of the Day — Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:38 pm on 12th October 2004.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 3:38 pm, 12th October 2004

The fundamental premise being put forward by my right hon. Friend is that she wants to defend and protect traditional heterosexual marriage, and I think that all hon. Members agree with that. However, does she accept that homosexual love exists, as do permanent long-term homosexual relationships? Those relationships are of considerable value, even though they may be different. People who are gay are never going to enter into a heterosexual marriage, but does my right hon. Friend accept that their wish to be recognised as partners in no way competes with or undermines the heterosexual marriage that she wants to defend?