12– The Tory MP who just couldn’t stop making homophobic clangers
In December, Welsh Conservative MP David Davies seemed to be on a mission to say the most controversial remarks about equal marriage possible. On the same day that 19 senior Conservatives launched a campaign group aiming to legalise marriage equality, the MP said most parents would prefer their children “not to be gay”.
Then, days later, Mr Davies made another set of embarrassing comments to the Guardian about sex education in schools.
11 – The Coalition for Marriage launches its campaign against equal marriage
March 2012 saw the government in England and Wales opened a consultation on how not if to introduce same-sex marriage.
Shortly before the publication, a group called the Coalition for Marriage was launched by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey among others.
10 – Footballer arrested for sending anti-gay Tom Daley tweet
During the London 2012 Olympics, a semi-professional Welsh footballer was arrested for sending a homophobic tweet to diver Tom Daley and his colleague and Peter Waterfield. The message on Daniel Thomas’s Twitter denigrated the diving pair, neither of whom is known to be gay, after they failed to win a medal in the synchronised men’s 10m. Daley went on to win bronze in the 10m platform, and no charges were brought.
9 – The Archbishop of York John Senatmu calls David Cameron a ‘dictator’ over his equal marriage support
At the start of the year, in a forthright interview to the Daily Telegraph, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, compared David Cameron to a dictator over his support for equal marriage.
Although a staunch opponent of the principle, his soon to be ex-boss, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, tried at times to temper his remarks concerning equal marriage throughout 2013.
8– Boris Johnson bans anti-gay bus adverts
In May, just days ahead of his re-election as London Mayor, Boris Johnson banned anti-gay Christian groups from displaying homophobic adverts on the capital’s buses.
However, the decision was met with criticism by religious anti-gay protesters, who tried unsuccessfully to place adverts which read: “Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!” on a smaller number of buses.