11th December 2012
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
10th December 2012
Austin Mitchell MP: Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage 78
2:06 PM — Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has tweeted that “Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important” and says Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs to have a conscience vote on the issue.
9th December 2012
Boris Johnson and 18 senior Tories to push for marriage equality 56
10:05 AM — A number of senior Conservative politicians announced today that they had formed a new campaign group which supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, in an act of defiance against traditionalists within the party.
22nd November 2012
ConservativeHome editor: Cameron is on ‘right side of history but wrong side of core voters’ on equal marriage 26
11:17 PM — Tim Montgomerie, the editor of Conservative Home has urged Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to argue more passionately in favour of same-sex marriage, but he warned that at present, Mr Cameron is on the “right side of history, but the wrong side of his core voters” on this issue.
Source: David Cameron to introduce equal marriage legislation within weeks 57
12:26 AM — A senior source in Downing Street has told the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron is to fast-track legislation to introduce equal marriage within weeks.
16th November 2012
‘No intention to support same-sex marriage’ says UKIP 78
4:25 PM — The UK Independence Party has restated its opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples.
2nd November 2012
Scottish Tory leader booed at Stonewall Awards 83
2:17 AM — The leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson found herself being booed off the stage at last night’s Stonewall Awards in central London.
9th October 2012
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”.
18th September 2012
Brighton: Green Party accused of ‘squabbling’ in equal marriage rift 14
6:24 PM — The leader of the Conservatives on Brighton and Hove City Council has criticised the Green Party for being preoccupied in dealing with one of its councillors, who caused a deep internal row, after she voted against the party over the issue of equal marriage.
7th August 2012
Tory poll: Dropping equal marriage and Lords reforms ‘seventh best election idea’ 73
12:46 PM — A survey by the grassroots Tory website ConservativeHome suggests dropping reform of the House of Lords and equal marriage rights for gay couples ranks seventh among readers in a list of ways to improve the party's chances at the next general election.
24th May 2012
Editorial: Thanks Home Secretary for coming @Out4Marriage, now come out for religious same-sex marriage! 50
11:54 PM — Today Theresa May joined her Liberal Democrat colleague Lynne Featherstone and her Labour opposite number Yvette Cooper in backing the Out4Marriage campaign. And she couldn't have chosen a more significant day to do so.
13th May 2012
Tory ministers Philip Hammond and Tim Loughton come out against equal marriage for gay couples 88
12:07 PM — Two senior Conservative ministers have come out against prime minister David Cameron's plans to introduce equal marriage for same sex and opposite sex couples. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the plans were "too controversial" while Families Minister Tim Loughton told a constituent that marriage must only be between a "man and a woman".
9th May 2012
Poll suggests gay voters feel more favourable towards Tories after Cameron’s marriage promises 29
1:04 AM — According to the PinkNews.co.uk voters panel, an invited group of readers representing the LGBT population, LGBT people feel more favourably towards the Conservative Party following the pledge by prime minister David Cameron to introduce marriage equality, although they might not necessarily vote for him. Panel members also felt that straight couples should be offered civil partnerships post marriage equality or the entire civil partnerships system should be abolished.
6th April 2012
Gay former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw mocks Government’s plans for marriage equality 387
10:20 AM — Mr Bradshaw made the bizarre comment at a crucial moment in the battle for marriage equality, after a petition launched by the homophobic Coalition for Marriage group which insists that the institution should remain traditional - i.e. between a man and a woman – went beyond 400,000 signatures.
20th March 2012
Lord Tebbit: Nests of snakes in the equal marriage can of worms 127
10:56 AM — Norman Tebbit has labelled the prime minister's reasons for supporting equal marriage 'absurd' and warned that 'nests of snakes' inhabit the 'can of worms' the country is about to open, suggesting polygamy and incest may naturally follow.
26th December 2010
Government to begin process to erase convictions for historic gay sex offences 23
2:08 AM — The government is to set to begin the process to introduce legislation to wipe convictions for historical gay sex offences within days. The policy was first announced during the general election campaign by prime minister David Cameron in an article for PinkNews.co.uk.
3rd July 2010
Margot James celebrates first Pride as MP 3
3:01 PM — Margot James, recently elected MP for Stourbridge said she had been coming to Pride since 1980. This is her first Pride as an MP. Ms James, who is the Conservative party’s first openly lesbian MP told PinkNews.co.uk: “It's so accepting, welcoming and enthusiastic. People used to look at you like you were a freak. Now it's like a carnival”.
7th December 2009
Gay Tory candidate selected to challenge Hazel Blears 229
11:48 AM — A gay Conservative candidate has been selected to challenge Hazel Blears for her Manchester seat. Matthew Sephton is the chairman of the party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory.