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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, said:

"When people love each other and want to make a long term commitment, we should welcome and celebrate it. Changing the law to support gay marriage is the right thing to do and is an important way for the state and society to recognise and respect commitment.

"Some people opposed civil partnerships when they were introduced, some people opposed the whole idea of civil marriage. But both were the right thing to do and have strong support now. It is welcome that most people also already support the chance for gay couples to get married too."

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