Boris Johnson speaks his mind onÂ marriageÂ equality:
Same-sex couples should not be denied the â€śhappy stateâ€ť of marriage, Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, has said.
Mr Johnson, who is a favourite to be the next Conservative leader, said he supports more marriage in society regardless of peopleâ€™s sexual orientation.
He made the remarks in a new video for the Out4Marriage campaign, as David Cameron faces a revolt from within his party over whether to bring in new laws legalising gay marriage.
Dozens of Conservative MPs are expected to vote with their consciences against the proposals, with many objecting on religious grounds.
However, Mr Johnson threw his weight behind the plans yesterday, joining Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, in recording a message for the campaign.
He said : â€śOne of the amazing things about London is that itâ€™s not only got a declining crime rate, declining murder rate, more theatres than New York, less rainfall than Rome but itâ€™s also one of the few places in the country where the rate of marriage is actually increasing.
What Boris forgot to mention is that gay couples deserve mothers in law too.