Conservative MPs won’t renege on equal marriage – David Cameron

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9th July 2016

The outgoing Prime Minister has promised the Conservative Party won’t go back on legalising same sex marriage.

Speaking at a Nato summit in Poland, Mr Cameron said he was “extremely proud” of the legislation.

The comments come after Conservative leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom said she was unhappy at the flagship legislation.

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The Energy Minister said equal marriage caused “very clear hurt” to Christians.

“I would have preferred civil partnership to be available to heterosexual and gay couples and for marriage to have remained as a Christian service for men and women who wanted to commit in the eyes of God,” she told ITV.

Asked if he would be disappointed by any attempt by his successor to repeal the legislation, Cameron said: “On equal marriage, I’m extremely proud of it and so many people have taken advantage of it.

“I think there’s now an enormous parliamentary majority for equal marriage so I’m confident that it will continue to be the case.

“It’s also very popular all over the world. Britain was one of the first countries with a centre-right leaning government to take that step and many others are following suit and I’m very proud of that.”

Cameron’s remarks are likely to be interpreted as a warning shot to his successors not to undo his legacy on equality legislation.