By Oisin Sweeney • 07 December 2020 • 14:21
LABOUR’s Shadow Minister for Faith, Jany Daby, has resigned over comments she made regarding same-sex marriages on Friday.
The Lewisham East MP said on Friday that she doesn’t believe registrars should be forced to conduct same-sex marriages if they oppose them on religious grounds, which is currently illegal under UK law. She compared the opposition to same-sex marriage to doctors not being compelled to carrying out abortions on grounds of conscience.
‘There needs to be something in place that protects people of faith as well as those who think in other ways. It’s an issue of conscience. It’s like people having a choice who, for reasons of conscience, cannot participate in conducting an abortion’ said Daby on Friday.
On Monday, she apologised for her ‘misjudged comments’ and announced her decision to ‘resign as Shadow Faiths Minister’. She added that ‘I’m proud to support same-sex marriages. On Saturday Labour celebrated 15 years of civil partnerships, and all the progress we’ve made since.’ Labour said ‘we will appoint a replacement in due course’.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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