By Darren McCaffrey, Sky News Reporter
Welsh Secretary David Jones is attacked over claims same-sex partners cannot provide a suitable environment for raising children.
Welsh Secretary David Jones has provoked criticism after saying that same-sex partners could not provide a "warm and safe environment" to raise children.
The Conservative MP made the remarks when asked on ITV Wales' Face To Face programme about the Government's plans to introduce gay marriage, which he voted against.
He said: "I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can't do."
The Prime Minister's spokesperson responded by saying David Cameron rejects Mr Jones' claims about children in same-sex families and that he is in favour of same-sex adoption.
"The Prime Minister believes gay families can provide warm and safe environment for raising children," the spokesperson said.
The shadow Welsh secretary, Owen Smith, claimed the comments proved that "nasty party is alive and well under David Cameron".
He said: "David Jones' comments are profoundly offensive and he should apologise immediately."
Equality campaigning group Stonewall have also attacked the Welsh Secretary's comments as "offensive and inaccurate".