5th February 2013
Gay Tory MP Mike Freer: ‘I’m simply asking for equal treatment’ 7
5:12 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has received warm praise on Twitter for delivering a heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality in the House of Commons.
Equalities Minister Helen Grant: Tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples is ‘off the table for now’ 2
11:42 AM — Conservative Equalities Minister Helen Grant says the government will not be offering tax breaks to married and civil partnered couples in next month’s Budget.
Ed Balls: I’m really pleased David Cameron is introducing same-sex marriage and I think it’s brave 10
10:36 AM — Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised Prime Minister David Cameron’s commitment to equal marriage, ahead of today’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
The Times: Same-sex marriage enshrines justice and will enrich the lives of many 13
8:54 AM — The Times, the paper of record in the United Kingdom and on the breakfast table of most MPs this morning, has published another editorial in favour of same-sex marriage.
Letter: William Hague, George Osborne and Theresa May same-sex marriage ‘is the right thing to do’ 6
8:04 AM — In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, but in reality a letter to fellow Tory MPs, three of the most senior Conservative ministers have pleaded with their colleagues to back same-sex marriage.
4th February 2013
Jeremy Hunt: ‘Religious freedom is not just for straight people’ 9
2:31 PM — Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, spoke out on Sunday in support of the upcoming equal marriage bill, saying that "religious freedom is not just for heterosexuals".
Feature: How the Cabinet will vote in tomorrow’s same-sex marriage bill 17
2:20 PM — Tomorrow's vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will see most of the Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition cabinet coming out in support of same-sex marriage.
David Cameron to defend equal marriage policy amid vociferous Tory revolt 16
1:03 PM — David Cameron will reportedly speak out in favour of equal marriage later this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s first vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, according to the Times.
Comment: Thank you Prime Minister for supporting equal marriage, it is going to benefit the trans community 22
12:20 PM — Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, thanking him for supporting equal marriage in the face of heavy opposition from his party.
3rd February 2013
William Hague: We shouldn’t deny a couple marriage because they are of the same-sex 9
11:18 PM — William Hague, the foreign secretary, who as Conservative leader opposed the abolition of Section 28 has confirmed that he will vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
Local Conservative Party chairmen write to David Cameron to plead for a delay on same-sex marriage 38
6:37 PM — 22 current or past chairmen of local Conservative Party Associations have delivered a letter to David Cameron by hand where they plead for him not to go ahead with Tuesday's vote on same-sex marriage.
29th January 2013
David Cameron under pressure to grant tax breaks to win same-sex marriage vote 18
11:42 PM — Prime minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are reportedly under mounting pressure to give married couples a tax break in order to secure support for their same-sex marriage bill.
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.
25th January 2013
Labour MP Steve Reed: The battle for equality is not yet over 7
4:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and Patron of LGBT Labour welcomes the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – but warns “this is no time to rest on our achievements.”
Comment: The Conservative Party has come a long way on gay rights to legislate for equal marriage 70
4:29 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Colm Howard-Lloyd, national policy director of LGBTory says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill shows the Conservative Party is a champion of equality.
David Cameron’s mother says he ‘won’t be told’ when it comes to same-sex marriage 56
3:01 PM — David Cameron’s support for equal marriage amid widespread opposition from many of his Conservative MPs remains an apparent mystery to his mother.
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: Today is a landmark moment for LGBT equality 9
11:46 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a cause for celebration.
22nd January 2013
Long-standing Tory local chairman quits over equal marriage ‘attack on family values’ 17
5:39 PM — A long time local chairman for the Conservative party has resigned over the coalition government's efforts to legalise marriage equality, saying the Prime Minster had "lost touch" with his party and attacked "family values".
Church of England criticised for Twitter joke about equal marriage and Katie Price 10
3:58 PM — The Church of England has received criticism after its official Twitter account tweeted a joke about Katie Price in response to a question about its opposition to equal marriage.
20th January 2013
Labour Shadow Justice Minister Rob Flello to vote against same-sex marriage equality 96
2:18 PM — The Labour Shadow Justice Minister and MP for Stoke-on-Trent South has told a PinkNews reader that he will vote against the Government's upcoming legislation to introduce same-sex marriage.