Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women & Equalities, said:
"David Cameron must not backtrack on equal marriage. The attempt by the Tory Right to blame equal marriage for their election results is utterly ludicrous and reveals instead their deep hostility to equality. For the Prime Minister to give in to them would be a betrayal of all those who oppose discrimination. Legislation on equal marriage doesn't prevent Government prioritising jobs, growth or family finances - it is the Coalition economic policy which is preventing that.
"We should celebrate marriage. Couples who love each other and want to make a long term commitment to each other should be able to get married whatever their gender or sexuality. David Cameron should show some principle and promise equal marriage legislation as soon as possible."