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David_DaviesMonmouth MP David Davies has attacked UK Government plans to allow same sex marriages in church, calling them politically “barking mad.”

The politician hit out at the plan to hold same sex marriage ceremonies in Welsh and English churches, put forward by prime minister David Cameron.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales on Sunday, he said: “What is going to happen is that we’re going to lose a large number of very loyal activists who’ve gone out and campaigned for us over the years and who don’t like this idea, so politically it’s barking mad.”

Mr Cameron said on Friday he was a “massive” supporter of marriage and did not want gay people to be excluded from a great institution.

Mr Davies said: “If there are any sort of areas where there isn’t full equality with married couples then I’d be more than happy to support making changes to civic ceremonies, so I really don’t know why we need to go ahead with this at all.”

Ministers will reveal their response to a consultation this week and MPs will be given a free vote on the matter.

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