4th December 2012
Tory MP Richard Bacon’s motion to repeal Human Rights Act defeated 30
4:02 PM — MPs have defeated a bid by Conservative MP Richard Bacon to scrap the Human Rights Act, which opponents of equal marriage have argued is a key threat to religious freedom.
3rd December 2012
Wife of anti-equal marriage Tory MP disagrees with his stance 36
1:23 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has admitted to his local newspaper that his own wife doesn’t agree with him when it comes to opposing equal marriage.
30th November 2012
Andrew Lansley: I’m ‘looking forward’ to the government’s same-sex marriage plans 17
12:26 PM — The Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley has announced his support for equal civil marriage.
28th November 2012
London MP’s opposition to equal marriage branded ‘absolute disgrace’ by gay councillor 35
2:16 PM — Conservative MP David Evennett says he won’t be voting for equal marriage because he is a "strong supporter of traditional marriage".
26th November 2012
Tory MP Sir Edward Garnier: Call civil partnerships marriages, but don’t change the law 78
1:00 PM — Sir Edward Garnier, the Conservative MP and former solicitor general, has told a constituent that gay couples in civil partnerships should feel free to describe their relationships as a marriage, although it should not require a change in the law.
25th November 2012
Yorkshire Tory MP: Same-sex marriage is being forced on churches 37
5:39 PM — Conservative MP for Dewsbury Simon Reevell has become the latest MP to suggest that churches will be forced to conduct same-sex marriages despite government assurances.
23rd November 2012
I’m a Celebrity’s Limahl blames ‘gay vote’ for eviction 40
12:42 PM — 1980s pop act Limahl believes he could have stayed in ITV1’s I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! for longer if he had received greater support from his gay fans.
15th November 2012
MOD chaplains could be “sacked for opposing gay marriage” says Tory MP 57
2:30 PM — Sir Gerald Howarth, who left the Ministry of Defence in September, says the government’s equal marriage reforms could make the position of some chaplains who disagree with the change untenable.
Tory MP criticises George Osborne for going ‘big’ on same-sex marriage 79
11:28 AM — Conservative MP Glyn Davies says he is disappointed that the prime minister, deputy prime minister and chancellor are all supporting equal marriage.
10th September 2012
New UK culture secretary supports equal marriage, saying marriage should be for ‘everyone’ 67
9:32 AM — Conservative MP Maria Miller has signalled her full backing to the coalition’s policy on same-sex marriage.
7th September 2012
Culture Secretary Maria Miller appeals for dialogue with gay community 70
7:25 PM — The UK’s new culture secretary, who was controversially given the responsibility of looking after the Government Equalities Office in this week’s reshuffle, is keen to begin discussions with LGBT organisations.
13th January 2012
Chris Bryant MP describes House of Commons ‘gay bar’ 27
1:01 PM — The gay MP for Rhondda was speaking about Parliamentary representation yesterday when he said the current number of gay MPs meant the Palace of Westminster's Strangers Bar sometimes reminded him of Soho.
2nd December 2011
MPs move to strike down religious civil partnership rules 100
10:37 AM — A small group of MPs is echoing calls made in the House of Lords that new regulations for civil partnerships may force places of worship to marry gay couples alongside straight ones. Edward Leigh, a Catholic Conservative backbencher said the House of Commons was not able to debate the regulations properly.
9th May 2011
Gay MP Nigel Evans ‘in denial’ when he voted for Section 28 75
11:42 AM — Gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans says he was in denial and going through a "neanderthal phase" when he voted for Section 28. The MP for Ribble Valley, who came out last year, backed the legislation to ban mention of homosexuality in schools and once voted against lowering the age of consent for gay men.