Number 10 had been bracing itself for a showdown with the religious right and Tory back benchers over its commitment to grant equal marriage rights to gay men and women. But some have warned that the church’s credibility to speak about equality issues has now been fatally undermined by its failure earlier this week to embrace female headship.
The warnings came amid growing signs that David Cameron wants to fast track gay marriage legislation and put it before Parliament as early as the New Year. Previously the government had only committed itself to introducing legislation before the next General Election in 2015.
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