Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, has become embroiled in a row over equal marriage amid claims that he likened it to incest.
The minister, who opposes David Cameron’s plans to grant gay couples the right to marry, denied equating equal marriage with incest after Pink News reported that he had linked the two issues.
Hammond released a statement after Pink News reported that he had made the comments to two students at Royal Holloway, University of London, on Friday.
The website reported that Hammond “told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning ‘incest’ … When the students asked why, the MP believed the government should retain a ban on same-sex marriages, he responded by likening the current ban on equal marriage to ‘incest’, where it is illegal for two siblings to enter into wedlock.”
A spokesman for the defence secretary said: “It’s untrue. He didn’t equate equal marriage to incest.”
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