7th February 2013
Tory Business Minister Michael Fallon: I was wrong to vote against equal marriage — but the Tories now have to unite 28
11:45 AM — Conservative MP and Business Minister Michael Fallon has conceded that he was wrong to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says opponents should accept this week’s decisive Commons verdict.
Tory MP Adam Afriyie: I voted against the same-sex marriage bill because it does not represent true equality 89
10:39 AM — Conservative MP Adam Afriyie, who has recently been seen by some as a future successor to David Cameron, has explained why he voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
5th February 2013
Gay Tory MP Mike Freer: ‘I’m simply asking for equal treatment’ 7
5:12 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has received warm praise on Twitter for delivering a heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality in the House of Commons.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller: Parliament should value people equally in the law and marriage is for everyone 4
3:00 PM — All couples who enter into a lifelong commitment should be able to call their relationship marriage, Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, has told MPs.
Catholic Tory MP Conor Burns: As a gay man I don’t see how I can vote against equality 9
12:34 PM — Conor Burns, the gay Tory MP, who previously expressed his reservations about introducing equal marriage, says he is now inclined to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
4th February 2013
Nadine Dorries: The same-sex marriage bill is ‘political suicide’ and it won’t make gay couples equal 55
3:23 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has written of her opposition to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, claiming that it fails to make same-sex marriage equal to heterosexual marriage in the eyes of the law.
Tory MP Caroline Dinenage: Banning gay couples from marrying ‘takes nothing away from their relationship’ 39
10:55 AM — Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage has told a PinkNews reader that the “state has no right” to redefine its meaning of marriage - she is the daughter of ITV regional news presenter Fred Dinenage.
30th January 2013
UK: 86 MPs vote to change the Equality Act in same-sex marriage amendment debate 32
11:54 AM — A bill proposed by a Conservative MP to amend the Equality Act in order to provide further legal protections for those who disagree with equal marriage has received the support of 86 MPs - but it's unlikely to become law.
Tory MP Anne Milton furious as anti-gay marriage group uses photo without permission 28
10:54 AM — The main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used another Conservative MP’s photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.
29th January 2013
Tory rebel says same-sex marriage bill could pass Commons with a majority of 400 16
5:45 PM — Conservative MP Philip Davies, who opposes equal marriage, has told a PinkNews reader that he expects the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales to pass with a Commons majority of between 300-400.
28th January 2013
Exclusive: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond links incest with same-sex marriage 122
11:12 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning incest.
23rd January 2013
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal 19
11:37 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh wants to amend the Equality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of a person's definition of marriage, citing the case of a manager fired for saying he was against equal marriage on Facebook.
Tory MP Tim Loughton: Gay people have told me they ‘don’t want to get married’ 73
10:51 AM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has restated his opposition to equal marriage and has once again said: “marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
14th January 2013
UK: Anti-gay marriage group uses MP’s photo without permission 13
6:56 PM — The main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used a Conservative MP's photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.
Tory ‘love cheat’ MP says same-sex marriage makes it ‘difficult to promote Christian values’ 53
12:45 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, says legalising equal marriage would make it “difficult to promote Christian values in parliament.”
10th January 2013
Liam Fox: Gays should be treated with respect – but banned from marrying 50
12:58 PM — Former defence secretary Liam Fox says as a medical doctor same-sex relationships are a variant of the spectrum of human sexual behavior, although this does not mean he approves of the government’s equal marriage plans.
3rd January 2013
Tory MP: Shelve same-sex marriage plans because it will drive away ethnic minorities 54
3:41 PM — Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has called on his party to “shelve” government plans to introduce equal marriage because it is unlikely to attract the votes of ethnic minorities.
Tory MP: Gay couples are being treated ‘equally’ – so there’s no need for same-sex marriage 86
1:53 PM — Following a meeting with community religious leaders, Conservative MP John Stevenson says he remains opposed to equal marriage.