10th September 2012
New UK culture secretary supports equal marriage, saying marriage should be for ‘everyone’ 67
9:32 AM — Conservative MP Maria Miller has signalled her full backing to the coalition’s policy on same-sex marriage.
7th September 2012
Comment: What the reshuffle means for LGBT support in the government 17
6:14 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chris Ward sums up the LGBT ramifications of this week’s reshuffle and assesses the recent equality record of the main three parties.
5th September 2012
Questions over new UK equalities minister’s gay voting record 46
2:12 PM — Conservative MP for Basingstoke Maria Miller, who was appointed yesterday by David Cameron as culture secretary and has direct responsibility for the newly moved Government Equalities Office (GEO), is under the spotlight after a number of activists noted her questionable voting record on LGBT equality.
4th September 2012
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert resigns from government 27
4:36 PM — It’s understood the 49-year-old was not happy with being moved to a different job.
3rd September 2012
Tatchell: PM urged to repeal ‘insults’ ban 42
10:17 AM — Peter Tatchell has urged David Cameron to reform Section 5 of the Public Order Act - which in the past has been used by lawyers to prosecute homophobic religious preachers and gay rights campaigners.
22nd August 2012
Lord Ashcroft: most Tory voters are pro-marriage equality 29
1:27 PM — Lord Ashcroft has looked into the Conservative Party's voter polls in order to calibrate the varied reaction to Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to legalise marriage equality.
21st August 2012
Pro-life group say marriage equality could lead to an increase in abortions 159
2:08 PM — The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), a pro-life and anti-LGBT group, have issued a flyer urging people to write to their MP in protest at the government's plans for marriage equality because they believe it to be a threat to unborn children.
20th August 2012
Poll suggests churchgoers less likely to vote Tory in light of PM’s support for marriage equality 34
2:23 PM — A new poll suggests that many churchgoers in the UK are increasingly unlikely to vote Tory owing to David Cameron's promise to legalise marriage equality prior to the next election.
16th August 2012
Opinion: What impact will extra compulsory school sport have on LGBT pupils? 91
1:13 PM — Writing for Pinknews.co.uk, former school governor and Surrey councillor Chris Ward ponders on what the government's new drive for competitive sport in the classroom means for LGBT students currently suffering from homophobic bullying.
25th July 2012
Anti-abortion activists say David Cameron will ‘pay’ for same-sex marriage policy 49
5:24 PM — Following Prime Minister David Cameron's speech reaffirming his commitment to allowing gay couples to marry, anti-abortion activists the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Spuc) says he will get punished at the general election for his pro-equality stance.
Exclusive: Out4Marriage says David Cameron personally backs gay religious marriages 31
1:18 PM — Following discussions with the prime minister at a Downing Street reception yesterday, the group Out4Marriage said David Cameron had given the strong impression that he personally supports giving churches and other religious institutions the right to hold gay wedding ceremonies if they chose to do so in England and Wales.
David Cameron warns Church of ‘repeating Tory mistakes’ with LGBT community 39
11:21 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron has "gently" warned the Church of England not to repeat mistakes he said his party had made by alienating gay people in its opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.
8th June 2012
Catholic Voices poll: ’77 percent’ of gay and bisexual Britons disagree with marriage ban 84
10:16 AM — Reports of an online poll appear to show that half of gay Britons reject the idea that there is "no need" to change the law on marriage because of civil partnerships, and 77 percent do not accept that marriage should be reserved exclusively for straight people.
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.
Update: No. 10 says MPs will be given free vote on equal marriage 138
10:15 AM — In an apparent volte face on "full commitment" to equal marriage, No. 10 announced today that Conservative MPs will be given a free vote on voting for the measure in Parliament, though it has denied that it is backtracking on its support for the measure.
17th May 2012
Tory MP who called gay marriage ‘completely nuts’ ejected from two Parliamentary committees 44
9:51 AM — Peter Bone, one of the most outspoken Conservative party critics of the Government's plans for same sex marriage equality, has lost his place on two influential House of Commons committees.
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 May 2012
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘I’ve never met a gay couple that wants to marry, so bin the policy’ 313
4:07 PM — Following a tirade against the prime minister in the Daily Mail, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has stuck the boot into his pledge to introduce equal civil marriage for gay couples before the next election. She suggests that most gay people don't support changing the law.
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone: Equal marriage will not be in Queen’s Speech 96
2:27 PM — The UK equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, has confirmed through her blog that proposals for equal marriage will not be in this year's Queen's Speech.