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.
14th November 2012
PM ‘wrong’ on same-sex marriage poll says ComRes chief 29
7:06 PM — The chief executive of ComRes Andrew Hawkins has accused David Cameron of making misleading statements over polling data regarding equal marriage.
Telegraph blasts George Osborne for supporting same-sex marriage 61
1:50 PM — The Telegraph newspaper has criticised Chancellor George Osborne’s recent intervention on equal marriage and has accused him of playing a “dangerous game” over the issue.
13th November 2012
Anti-gay opponents petition ahead of Corby by-election 34
8:14 PM — Coalition for Marriage (C4M), the UK lobby group that opposes marriage rights for gay couples, has delivered 46,000 leaflets in the constituency of Corby, which is due to hold a by-election on Thursday.
George Osborne: Tories must back same-sex marriage or risking losing like US Republicans 56
10:25 AM — Chancellor George Osborne has told the Conservative Party that ditching its support for equal marriage could cause a catastrophic defeat at the 2015 general election.
7th November 2012
UK: Abuse allegations continue against gay former Tory MP 8
12:05 AM — Further sexual abuse allegations have been made against the late Sir Peter Morrison.
6th November 2012
Gay equality critic Nadine Dorries suspended as a Tory MP over ‘I’m a Celebrity’ row 32
6:11 PM — Equal marriage critic Nadine Dorries has been suspended as a parliamentary member of the Conservative Party after she announced that she would be appearing in ITV's reality show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
31st October 2012
David Cameron: Same-sex marriage is ‘popular’ with voters 107
12:22 PM — David Cameron has personally responded to a letter sent to him by the former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillian after the Tory MP expressed her concerns over the government’s marriage reforms.
Plans for same-sex marriage are ‘foolish’ says Tory MP 57
10:47 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh has once again criticised the government’s policy on equal marriage.
30th October 2012
Nadine Dorries: Same-sex marriage could cost the Tories 4 million votes 84
6:59 PM — Tory MP Nadine Dorries says the issue of marriage equality could drain the Conservative Party of four million votes from Christian supporters.
28th October 2012
Gay former Tory MP linked with abuse scandal 29
3:33 PM — The late Sir Peter Morrison, a gay former Conservative MP and ex-parliamentary aide to Margaret Thatcher, has been described as a “paedophile” by the former leader of the Welsh Conservatives Rod Richards.
16th October 2012
UK: Labour MP Chris Bryant to introduce ten minute equal marriage bill 63
4:03 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant’s decision to introduce a ten minute rule bill on equal marriage in the House of Commons has been described as the “first shot” in the parliamentary battle for marriage equality.
12th October 2012
Yvette Cooper: ‘Get on with legalising same-sex marriage’ 76
11:41 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says David Cameron needs to “show a bit of backbone” over the issue of equal marriage.
11th October 2012
Comment: ‘Tory support for gay rights is a victory for Labour’ 40
10:22 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s London Assembly Member Tom Copley, responds to Ben Howlett’s claims that the Labour Party has lost its LGBT crown.
Comment: ‘Conservatives are the true party of equality’ 53
10:22 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Ben Howlett, the chairman of Conservative Future claims his party now eclipses Labour when it comes to LGBT equality.
10th October 2012
UK: Culture secretary tells Tory conference to support equal marriage 39
3:28 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has been loudly cheered by delegates at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, after she told them to support marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Boris Johnson: “Why on earth would we deny marriage to anyone?” 48
2:26 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched another robust defence of the government’s policy on equal marriage.
9th October 2012
Comment: Lord Carey’s Nazi rhetoric is an insult to history 40
8:28 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Nicolas Chinardet takes the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey to task for comparing the opponents of equal marriage to persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany.
UK: Christian Labour MP changes his mind and backs equal marriage 16
11:54 AM — The Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman has said he now supports equal marriage rights for same-sex couples after previously being “unsure”.