A new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill currently progressing through parliament could give heterosexual couples the right to enter civil partnerships.
Conservative MP Tim Loughton, the former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, tabled the amendment earlier today, the Telegraph reports. The MP for East Worthing and Shoreham predicted “widespread support” for the change when it goes before MPs for voting in May.
Colin Hart, the director of anti-gay marriage campaign group the Coalition for Marriage, was sceptical. He said:
“This is yet another amendment that pushes the redefinition of marriage…the Government has shifted its position constantly and this will report a further weakening of the institution of marriage.”