Michael has confirmed that he will vote in favour of same-sex marriage when it comes to a vote in the House of Commons.
Commenting, Michael said:
"Along with the rest of the Shadow Cabinet and the vast majority of Labour MPs in Parliament, I will be voting in favour of equal marriage.
“For me, it is fundamentally an issue of equality. Two people, who love each other and want to make a long-term commitment to one another, should be able to get married, whatever their gender and sexuality.
“I also believe that extending the franchise is an excellent way to reinforce and promote the institution of marriage and the principles of commitment and respect that it entails.
“I appreciate that this is a sensitive issue and I am pleased that Members of Parliament have been granted a free vote in the House of Commons. This rightly recognises that issues like this - involving strong religious views - should be treated as matters of conscience.
“I am also pleased that the Government’s proposals will provide adequate legal protection for churches and religious institutions so that no church will be forced to conduct same-sex marriages. I believe this is important in order to safeguard the freedom of religious worship.
“Although I fully respect people who hold a different view from my own, for me, allowing same-sex marriage, whilst protecting faith groups who do not wish to perform such ceremonies, is the right thing to do in a tolerant and fair society".