MP to oppose same sex marriages
A TORY MP is to oppose plans to allow gay couples to marry.
Stafford's Jeremy Lefroy said he has 'very serious concerns' about the proposals and has joined 58 MPs signing an open letter against them.
The cross-party alliance, including 35 Tory MPs, claims the government 'does not have a mandate' for change.
Maria Miller, the culture secretary, announced plans to allow same-sex couples to marry last week in a landmark move to effectively redefine marriage before the general election in 2015.
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Mr Lefroy said: "I have decided to sign this letter because I have some very serious concerns about this legislation, This policy was not contained in any party manifesto at the last election.
"The way in which the consultation has been handled has also given rise to considerable disquiet."
Labour is backing the changes, although MPs of all parties are expected to be allowed a free vote on the legislation – meaning they will not be disciplined for breaking ranks.