Ed Miliband: It’s important Christians don’t feel marginalised by equal marriage

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Ed Miliband has spoken to Christians who feel “marginalised” by the introduction of same-sex marriage.

The Labour leader was speaking last week to Premier Christian Radio.

He said: “I want to say to people who feel that [marginalised] I’m sorry they feel that.

“Part of being a tolerant society and the kind of society I believe in is that people of all faiths and none don’t feel marginalised.

“Now that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be disagreements, for example on equal marriage, but I think it’s really important that Christians don’t feel that.

“That they feel, not just comfortable in their faith, but comfortable that their faith is respected in our country.

“I think it’s something you’ve got to work at and I think the only answer is dialogue and to listen.”

He also reaffirmed that no churches would have to conduct same-sex weddings without opting to do so, saying: “It’s up to the Churches how they respond to equal marriage and that’s a very clear principle and a clear promise that we’ve made.

“I think it is important – different religions will take their own views. That was a very important part of what was passed.”