Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone is among the Conservative backbenchers calling for same-sex marriage legislation plans to be postponed until after the next election amid infighting within the Tory party over the issue.
In a statement to the Commons, Equalities Minister Maria Miller pleaded for both sides in the row to show “respect” as she was confronted with opposition to the plan from MPs in her own party.
Tory backbenchers have insisted there is no public majority in favour of allowing gay couples to wed.
Tory Nick Herbert, an openly gay former minister, offered his backing to the Government, saying Mrs Miller was right to say the proposal “commands widespread support in the country”.
But he was heckled by fellow Conservative Mr Bone, who interrupted to say “no, it doesn’t”.