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Same-sex couples cannot provide a ‘warm and safe environment’ for raising children, says Welsh Secretary

Stonewall Cymru is ‘saddened’ by ‘such an offensive and inaccurate remark’

The Welsh secretary, David Jones MP, has been heavily criticised for his assertion on Welsh ITV programme  Face to Face that same-sex couples "clearly" cannot provide a "warm and safe environment" in which to raise children.

"I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can't do," said Mr Jones.

Mr Jones was one of two cabinet ministers who voted against the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Commons.

Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru said:

"We're saddened that the Secretary of State for Wales should make such an offensive and inaccurate remark.  There are many different types of family in Wales today, including many same sex couples raising children.  It's deeply undermining to families and children when they hear this sort of ill-informed comment.  Fortunately, recent YouGov polling for Stonewall Cymru shows that the Secretary of State's views are out of touch with the majority of people both in Wales and throughout Great Britain."

For The Guardian report of this story, please click here.