Gay marriage laws should include religious institutions, says Miliband

Plans to let gay couples have marital rights should extend to religious institutions, according to Labour leader Ed Miliband.

In a new video supporting the Out4Marriage campaign, Miliband argued that churches and other faith groups should be allowed to provide gay wedding ceremonies if they so wish.

According to, he said: “We will be pushing the government to get on with the process for legislating for equal marriage – and we’ll also be saying to them where faith groups want to provide that opportunity for gay couples as well as straight couples they should be able to do so.

“We’ve come a long way on gay and lesbian rights in the last two decades, civil partnerships, age of consent, a range of others, but I know there’s further to go.”

There is likely to be plenty of religious gay couples in the UK who would agree with Miliband. Many have campaigned for the right to turn up at their wedding reception venue enjoying the same rights as those in traditional marriages.

However, reports that the current gay marriage proposals for England and Wales will not change the laws about marriages in a religious setting. These laws are due to be introduced before 2015.