Territorial extent Sex dans le bain England and Wales, but some sections apply to Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Bill was welcomed by many, including the gay rights campaigning group Stonewall.
In December 2012, Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, used his Christmas sermon to link the Bill to how he considered “Nazis and Communists undermined faith”. Concerns about the teaching of same sex marriage or same sex relationships in school were highlighted by Minister for Faith Baroness Warsi. Some Members of the House of Commons spoke out against the Bill. The Conservative MP for Hendon, Matthew Offord asked if “other forms of marriage, such as polygamy” would be introduced as a result of the same-sex marriage plans, although the Government has said that this “would not be possible”. Preserves the Canon law of the Church of England which states that marriage is between opposite-sex couples only. States that the common law duty on members of the clergy to solemnise marriages does not extend to same-sex marriages. Provides protections for individuals and religious organisations who choose not to “opt in” to solemnise same-sex marriages from any liability including through amending the Equality Act 2010.