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Family law: Tory MP supports gay marriage

As the law currently stands in the UK, a gay couple may not be joined in holy matrimony, but they are legally entitled to form a civil partnership.

Many people are opposed to this law, and one supporter of reforming the civil partnership law is Conservative MP Chloe Smith.

Representing the Norwich North constituency, Ms Smith revealed her opinion on gay marriage at a Q&A session at Norwich Gay Pride on Saturday (30 July)

In response to a direct question from human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Ms Smith confirmed that she supported an end to the ban on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships.

She later said: "While it's clear that much progress has been made in recent years, there is still work to be done and in my capacity as local MP, I will continue to stand up for LGBT rights wherever I can."

Mr Tatchell said: "I hope Ms Smith's endorsement will embolden other Tory MPs to support full equality in civil marriage and civil partnership law.

"She is one of the very few Tory MPs to support gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships. Boris Johnson endorses the right of gay couples to marry, but David Cameron, George Osborne and most Tory MPs are still resisting calls for equality."

Ms Smith at 29 years old is one of the youngest members of parliament. She was first elected in July 2009.

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