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Cameron: I will not back down on gay marriage

Cameron: I will not back down on gay marriage

David Cameron has said he will not back down on the plans for marriage equality in England and Wales.

The British Prime Minister has said while the government’s same-sex marriage proposal could have been better communicated, the cabinet is determined to see it through.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, the Conservative party leader explained he felt the proposal could have been better executed, and said it could have caused less controversy and fuss from traditionalists and religious leaders.

‘One of the things we haven’t got across properly is this is what is going to happen in the registry office,’ he said.

‘This is about what the state does, this is the civil part of marriage. We’re not changing what happens in church or synagogue or mosque.’

Many right-wing religious people fear buildings of faith will be forced to hold ceremonies for same-sex couples after a challenge to the European Court of Human Rights.

However Cameron maintains there are adequate safeguards to stop that from happening.

When Maria Miller, the Equalities Minister, announced the proposal to the House of Commons, she explained there would be a ‘quadruple lock’ to stop gay couples from suing religious organizations.

The Church of England would have extra protection, the Equality Act will be amended, a religious organization would have to ‘opt in’ to host same-sex marriages, and it will be written on the face of the bill.

Cameron and his deputy PM Nick Clegg, who was the first to support same-sex marriages in churches, will publish a review of progress the coalition government has made since 2010 tomorrow (7 January).

When asked if he would want to stay as Prime Minister until 2020, Cameron said: ‘Yes – look, I want to fight the next election, win the next election and serve – that is what I want to do.’

The marriage equality bill for England and Wales is expected to be voted on in spring 2013, and depending on the vote, fully legalized in 2014.