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Maria Miller: teachers not forced to promote gay marriage but must not ‘discriminate’

By John Bingham, Telegraph

Maria Miller, who is also the equalities minister, today tried to allay fears that teachers could be sacked for expressing traditional Christian views on marriage in opposition to same-sex ceremines.

As the Government prepares to publish its Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill, Mrs Miller emphasised that teachers will not be forced to promote a particular view of marriage and the Church of England will not be made to conduct same-sex ceremonies.

She said teachers will be able to reflect the fact that different religious groups have different approaches to the issue of homosexuality. However, they should teach in a "balanced way" regardless of any religious opposition to the new laws.

"Look, teachers are able to and entitled to express their views about same-sex marriage and there's no requirement at all for them to promote it but, obviously, we wouldn't expect teachers to be offensive or discriminate in any way about anybody," she told BBC Radio Four's Today programme.

"I think it's important to say that in the context of talking about religious belief, perhaps in a church school that, there are different views on these matters, that there are views that marriage is between a man and a woman, particularly when it comes to, say, the Church of England, the Catholic church or the Church in Wales.

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