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.
2nd January 2013
Tory MP Henry Smith: I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m no homophobe 135
10:11 AM — Conservative MP Henry Smith claims he’s “no homophobe” after encountering criticism to his opposition to equal marriage.
19th December 2012
UK: Envoy to the prime minister to vote against same-sex marriage 32
1:16 PM — Conservative MP Stephen O'Brien, who is also the Prime Minister's Envoy & UK Special Representative to the Sahel region in Africa, has confirmed he will vote against equal marriage.
18th December 2012
Anti-equal marriage Tory MP leaves Twitter after backlash 29
10:24 AM — Conservative MP Gordon Henderson has closed down his Twitter account after speaking out against same-sex marriage.
16th December 2012
Anti-gay marriage Tory MP, who supports Section 28, exposed as a love cheat 74
2:08 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who recently suggested David Cameron should resurrect Section 28, previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, according to his former mistress.
5th December 2012
Tory MP Bob Stewart: I will vote against same-sex marriage, but I’m not homophobic 72
12:29 PM — Conservative MP Colonel Bob Stewart has told David Cameron and the Chief Whip Sir George Young that he plans to vote against equal marriage when the motion comes before the Commons next year.
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.