Labour’s shadow minister for faith Janet Daby QUITS role and apologises for making ‘misjudged’ comments about same-sex marriages
- Janet Daby served on the Labour frontbench as the shadow minister for faith
- But she has now resigned and apologised for making ‘misjudged’ comments
- She suggested registrars should be able to refuse to certify same-sex marriages
Labour’s shadow minister for faith has resigned and apologised for making ‘misjudged’ comments about gay marriage.
Janet Daby said last week that registrars who have a religious objection to same-sex marriages should be protected from losing their jobs if they refuse to certify the partnership.
The Lewisham East MP said today she ‘sincerely’ apologised for the remarks and would stand down from her frontbench role.
The Telegraph reported that Ms Daby had said there ‘needs to be something in place that protects people of faith as well as those who think the other way’.
Labour’s shadow minister for faith Janet Daby has resigned and apologised for making ‘misjudged’ comments relating to gay marriage
She is said to have told an event: ‘It is an issue of conscience. It is like people having a choice who, for reasons of conscience, cannot participate in conducting an abortion.’
Refusing to perform same-sex weddings as a registrar is unlawful discrimination.
Announcing her resignation on Twitter, Ms Daby said: ‘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.
‘I sincerely apologise for my misjudged comments on Friday, and have decided to resign as shadow faith minister.’
A Labour spokesman said: ‘Janet Daby has today stood down from her role as a shadow minister. We will appoint a replacement in due course.’
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