8th May 2012
Shadow home secretary: ‘Ludicrous’ to blame equal marriage plans for Tory losses 113
1:48 PM — Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has said it is 'utterly ludicrous' to blame the Coalition government's plans to allow gay couples an equal right to civil marriage for the Conservative party's losses at local elections last week.
4th May 2012
Defence minister: Equal marriage contributed to Tory local election losses 155
10:52 AM — Gerald Howarth, a junior defence minister who has spoken out against equal rights for gay couples in the armed forces and marriage equality generally says the government's proposals to allow gay and straight couples equal access to civil marriage were a contributing factor in election losses last night.
30th April 2012
Audio: Boris Johnson plans to unveil LGBT manifesto ‘to an amazed world’ 31
5:46 PM — Incumbent Mayor of London Boris Johnson has reaffirmed his support of marriage equality for gay couples and said he will release his LGBT manifesto ahead of London's elections this week to an "amazed world".
25th April 2012
Lynne Featherstone: Churches will not be sued under gay civil marriage proposals 43
2:18 PM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has pledged there will be 'no risk of successful legal challenge' against religious bodies who are unable to marry gay couples as a result of the government's gay civil marriage proposals.
20th April 2012
Tory MP tells constituent marriage equality could mean ‘polygamy and child marriages’ 430
5:46 PM — Lincoln's Conservative MP has denied a constituent's request for him to support marriage equality for gay and straight couples and told her that in his opinion, gays have 'exhausted the cause of equal rights'.
Row after Tory MEPs abstain from pro-LGBT amendment vote 55
12:14 PM — Labour MEPs have criticised Tories this week for abstaining from a vote at the European Parliament on an amendment strengthening LGBT protections, with Tories accusing them of 'grandstanding' in response.
23rd March 2012
Kent MP: If gays marry, will Shakespeare be in danger? 168
10:55 AM — A twice-divorced Kent MP has questioned whether allowing gay couples to marry will result in Shakespeare being rewritten to redact gender-specific words like 'husband' and 'wife'.
16th March 2012
Gay Tories challenge MP’s ‘no mandate for equal marriage’ claim 26
9:53 AM — Conservative group LGBTory has challenged the assertion by a party MP, who recently branded equal marriage 'completely nuts', that the government has no mandate to allow equal marriage rights for gays.
7th March 2012
Francis Maude: Tories must back equal marriage or risk becoming ‘unelectable’ 111
12:47 PM — Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude is expected to warn today that the Tories must modernise and approve measures including equal marriage or risk being seen as 'unacceptable and unelectable'.
UKIP: Marriage belongs to religion, not government 110
10:53 AM — UKIP has accused the government of 'picking a fight' with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage saying the issue is 'in the domain of the church and other faiths'.
4th March 2012
UK Catholic cardinal: Gay marriage is ‘a grotesque madness proposed by a disingenuous government’ 178
12:31 PM — Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the most senior Catholic in Scotland, Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, has said that gay marriage is a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right".
24th February 2012
Labour MP charged after ‘head-butting’ gay Tory in Commons bar
11:23 AM — Labour MP Eric Joyce has been suspended and charged by police on allegations he head-butted openly gay MP Stuart Andrew in a House of Commons bar, months after Andrew spoke to the House about being the victim of an attack.
21st February 2012
Comment: Gay marriage will make us a beacon of equality 88
12:59 PM — Ken Livingstone writes that opposition to equal marriage is "a reminder that the battle for LGBT equality is not over".
9th February 2012
Comment: Ken Livingstone broke new ground for gay Londoners 53
6:13 PM — Yesterday, former mayor of London Ken Livingstone was criticised for telling a journalist that the Conservative party was "riddled" with gays. Today, he told LBC radio the comment was, in a way, complimentary. Now, Labour leader of Lambeth Council Steve Reed explains why he is backing Mr Livingstone.
1st December 2010
Tory MP takes HIV test for World AIDS Day 7
7:51 PM — A Conservative MP had a 15-minute HIV test at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday evening to encourage more people to take up testing. Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, has a constituency with one of the largest estimates of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men.
19th November 2010
Video: Prime minister David Cameron tells bullied gay kids ‘things will get better’ 39
2:44 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has added his voice to a campaign to support bullied gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youngsters. Mr Cameron recorded a video message for gay charity Stonewall in which he urged bullied teens to talk to someone about their problems.
27th August 2010
Breaking news: Tory minister Crispin Blunt reveals he is gay 85
5:43 PM — Tory justice minister Crispin Blunt admitted he is gay and has separated from his wife.