Muslim leaders in Britain on Tuesday attacked proposed legislation to introduce gay marriage as "utterly discriminatory" because it explicitly bans the Church of England from blessing same-sex unions but puts no such interdict on Islam.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), with more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said it was "appalled" by the proposed legislation set out by the government last week.

The government has proposed that faith groups would be allowed to "opt in" to legislation if they want to conduct gay marriages.

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