Labour leadership hopeful David Miliband has said he wants “to change the definition of marriage”.
Mr Miliband, MP for South Shields, said he was in favour of same-sex marriage, commenting it was the “next step in our mission for equality”.
But the move would impose the new definition on society and could cause a surge in litigation against those groups and individuals who hold to the traditional definition of marriage.
Faith based adoption agencies have already been crushed by ‘equality’ laws because of their ethical stance on homosexual conduct.
And schools may be forced to teach children that there is no moral difference between same-sex marriage and heterosexual marriage.
Mr Miliband claimed “it is an anomaly that gay couples – although they can call each other husband or wife – can’t say they are married”.
He said Britain should follow Canada and Argentina who have full homosexual marriage.
And he remarked: “That’s why I support calls to change the definition of marriage to include exclusive relationships between couples, regardless of sex.”
Mr Miliband went on to say that laws “should not force churches, mosques and synagogues to officiate over gay marriages but equally we shouldn’t stop those who want to”.
Last month it was revealed that Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, had predicted that full same-sex marriage will be legalised before the next general election.
Mr Hughes said he expected Lib Dems to get a free vote on the matter but insisted: “I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t all be able to support what Nick Clegg said which is that it would be appropriate in Britain in 2010, 11, for there to be the ability for civil marriage for straight people and gay people equally.”
In June David Cameron said homosexual couples should be able to register civil partnerships in churches which wish to hold them.