David Burrowes is Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate. Follow David on Twitter.
For many colleagues, the news that the issue of gay marriage is coming back to the Commons next week is like those Jaws film trailers. Just when you thought it was safe to return to a new Parliamentary session, focussing on the key issues facing the country, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill returns to infest MPs.
Maria Miller would have to be cast as the town mayor trying to reassure everyone that there is no danger in the Parliamentary sea. The Secretary of State for Equalities has told MPs that she "would never introduce a Bill that encroaches or threatens religious freedoms". The problem is that a majority of Conservative MPs were not convinced by her assurances when they voted against the Bill. Many more MPs from all parties were also not convinced, but were hoping that the Committee stage would at least provide greater protection for freedom of conscience and religious liberty.