UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that it is unfair that only heterosexual couples can marry inside the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament.

Weddings of MPs, Lords and their families are traditionally conducted in St Mary Undercroft, a chapel also known as the Commons crypt, within the grounds.

On Tuesday, Brown called for same-sex couples to be afforded the same right in other Westminster buildings such as Westminster Hall.

“Just as marriages can take place in the House, we hope Mr Speaker will consider that civil ceremonies could take place here,” he told parliament.

The unions could not take place in the chapel however as the Church of England refuses to officiate same-sex unions in church.

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