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Tax breaks for marriage couples allowance will not be used to buy off opponents of gay weddings, Downing Street insists

By Matt Chorley, Mailonline

David Cameron is to reject pleas from Tory rebels to rush forward a tax breaks for married couples in exchange for backing gay weddings.

The Prime Minister insists he will honour the promise to offer a marriage tax allowance but will refuse to use it to buy-off opponents of plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

Chancellor George Osborne has been urged to bring forward the tax break in the Budget in March to ‘placate’ growing anger on the Tory benches.
David Cameron is being urged by some Tory MPs to use the promise to introduce a marriage tax allowance to buy off opponents of gay marriage plans

However Downing Street is confident that the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill will pass with a large majority in both the Commons and the Lords.

Up to 150 Tory MPs are said to be considering voting against it next week, including Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

But the legislation is likely to pass easily with the backing of Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Tories are being offered a free vote.

Mr Cameron is understood to be committed to trying to introduce a marriage tax allowance, for gay and straight couples, but with the Lib Dems free to abstain on a vote it is likely to struggle to be passed into law.

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