12th April 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas: ‘People in Brighton remember Thatcher’s opposition to gay rights’ 22
5:25 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has cited Margaret Thatcher’s opposition to gay rights as one of the reasons for abstaining from Wednesday’s Commons debate.
11th April 2013
Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold: I won’t dance on Thatcher’s grave but she made gay people feel ‘marginalised’ 24
11:59 AM — As a gay woman former BBC Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher is inappropriate, although admits she celebrated her exit from Downing Street in 1990.
10th April 2013
Ed Miliband: Gay people were left ‘stigmatised’ by Margaret Thatcher’s Section 28 20
6:00 PM — Ed Miliband has joined his political rivals in paying tribute to Margaret Thatcher, but says her support for Section 28 caused gay people to be “stigmatised”.
9th April 2013
X Factor singer Rylan Clark deletes Margaret Thatcher tweet 21
1:37 PM — X Factor singer Rylan Clark has deleted a tweet in tribute of Margaret Thatcher, after being reminded of her role in introducing Section 28 and her general disdain for gay rights.
7th April 2013
MPs accuse David Cameron’s chief whip of expenses ‘blackmail’ over opposition to equal marriage 21
8:53 PM — David Cameron's chief Whip Sir George Young faces allegations of using confidential details of Tory MPs' expenses to "bully" them, and in order to stop them from speaking out against government plans to legalise equal marriage.
29th March 2013
Anti-equal marriage former Tory candidate Maria Hutchings in Twitter spat over civil unions 23
3:27 PM — Anti-equal marriage former Tory candidate Maria Hutchings, who stood for the Conservative Party in the recent Eastleigh by-election and came third, took to Twitter today in a heated argument around equal marriage and civil unions.
David Cameron reshuffles anti-gay marriage Energy Minister John Hayes 14
12:48 PM — In a move designed to please disgruntled Tory backbenchers – many of whom are angry over the government’s equal marriage policy – David Cameron has made John Hayes his senior parliamentary adviser.
18th March 2013
Anti-gay Tory MPs call on David Cameron to abandon modernising agenda in video 36
11:05 AM — Several Conservative MPs have called on David Cameron to end his support for progressive policies such as equal marriage.
11th March 2013
Comment: HIV policy has collapsed and gay men will not escape the legacy 83
10:42 AM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Stuart Home says those in charge of setting and delivering HIV policy are now in danger of presiding over managed decline.
6th March 2013
Ann Widdecombe blames Tory Eastleigh by-election defeat on PM’s same-sex marriage stance 45
6:43 PM — Ann Widdecombe says David Cameron’s decision to press ahead with equal marriage explains last month’s Tory defeat in the Eastleigh by-election.
4th March 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s conservative party to hold off on gay tax rights amidst election fears 15
6:07 PM — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party will not currently initiate further legislation to allow equal rights for gay couples, following a supreme court ruling which has caused controversy within her party.
1st March 2013
Tory Leaders: Equal marriage was ‘not an issue’ in losing the Eastleigh by-election 14
5:20 PM — Members of Tory leadership, including Michael Gove and David Cameron, have denied that the issue of equal marriage played a role in the party losing the Eastleigh by-election, the result of which was announced today.
Scotland’s gay Tory leader Ruth Davidson splits from her partner 14
3:07 PM — Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has split up with her partner of five years, a spokesman has confirmed.
26th February 2013
Top gay Tory misses out on seat embroiled in row over equal marriage 27
11:37 AM — Following the resignation of a local Conservative Party chairman over his opposition to the equal marriage bill, a gay businessman who had intended to secure the seat has lost out.
24th February 2013
Tory local chairwoman from PM’s constituency resigns over his support for equal marriage 41
7:40 PM — The chairwoman of a local Conservative Party association which falls inside David Cameron's constituency, has resigned from her post, citing his support for equal marriage as her reason.
22nd February 2013
London: Former Mayor of Barnet Brian Coleman says he once slept with an Arsenal footballer 16
10:57 AM — Brian Coleman, the gay former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, says he previously slept with an unnamed striker for Arsenal Football Club.
21st February 2013
Comment: ‘Concern’ for the children of gay parents is just 2013′s acceptable face of bigotry 14
5:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Christopher Gen argues that "concern" for the children of gay parents is just 2013′s acceptable face of bigotry; he argues that this isn’t a ‘gay rights’ issue – it’s a human rights one.
East Surrey and Gloucestershire Tories resign over same-sex marriage bill 37
12:23 PM — Conservative Party members, Michael Keenan of East Surrey and Alan Bensted of Gloucestershire are resigning in protest over the same-sex marriage bill.
20th February 2013
Oxfordshire: ‘Bible-believing’ Tory councillor defects to UKIP over same-sex marriage 30
2:41 PM — Oxfordshire local councillor, David Silvester has resigned from the Conservative Party because of David Cameron's decision to introduce same-sex marriage.
13th February 2013
UK: Conservative councillor Mormon brothers leave party over equal marriage 56
1:36 PM — Two Mormon councillors in Warwickshire, who are also brothers, have quit the Conservative Party over its support for same-sex marriage.