Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller, made a statement on 11 December 2012 in the House of Commons on the Government response to the equal marriage consultation
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
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