Baroness Warsi warns new gay marriage laws need more clarity to avoid 'unintended consequences'

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 10:30 hrs

Pakistan-origin Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi has said that new gay marriage laws need more clarity, as they could have a string of 'unintended consequences'.

In a leaked letter, Warsi said that 'clarity' was needed on new legislation that proposed allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Writing to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who unveiled the planned legislation earlier this week, Warsi warned of "unintended consequences" of the proposed laws.

According to the Telegraph, the former Conservative Party chairman suggested that schools could be forced to teach about same-sex unions, while individual priests and churches who refused to conduct them risked being sued.

Warsi asked what legal advice the Government had received and how it would "protect religious freedom".

"What legal support will be afforded to churches and other places of worship if they're challenged individually or as an organisation," she wrote.

Warsi added that she had received a "large volume of calls in relation this matter" from people seeking assurances "about a number of aspects of the policy", the report added. (ANI)

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