Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:41 pm on 5th February 2013.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 4:41 pm, 5th February 2013

I am sure the hon. Lady will know that the Book of Common Prayer says that one of the three reasons in Christian conscience for marriage to be ordained is

“for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.”

Why, in Christian conscience, should the state ban Christians—or, for that matter, people in ordinary society—who want to be able to share that from doing so, just because of their gender?