30th December 2013
Tory MP Tim Loughton: The government was ‘crass and clumsy’ on same-sex marriage 27
4:23 PM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has described the government’s handling of the same-sex marriage law for England and Wales as “rather crass and clumsily” executed.
27th December 2013
UK: Tory councillor to stand down because of David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage 37
3:53 PM — A councillor in Essex says Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage in England and Wales is a key reason why he will be standing down at the next election.
19th December 2013
UK: Judge who criticised equal marriage receives official warning over conduct 17
11:48 AM — A High Court judge who was previously warned against making public criticism of equal marriage legislation has now been disciplined for saying that married couples “have statistically a far greater chance of remaining intact than a cohabiting couple”.
13th December 2013
National Secular Society: ‘Religion is more important to Baroness Warsi than gay people’ 26
4:21 PM — The National Secular Society has criticised the reasons given by Baroness Warsi for abstaining in this summer’s House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales.
12th December 2013
Exclusive: Tory minister Baroness Warsi: I was ‘on the wrong side of history’ on gay rights 79
1:44 PM — Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Warsi has defended her decision to abstain in this summer's House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, adding that she is "still on a journey" when it comes to issues of gay equality.
10th December 2013
Quakers ‘delighted’ same-sex marriages in England and Wales can take place from end of March 8
5:25 PM — The Religious Society of Friends in Britain, generally known as the Quakers, say they are “delighted” by today’s announcement that the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales can take place from 29 March 2014.
2nd December 2013
UK: High Court judge who said equal marriage only benefits ‘0.1%’ to retire early 9
12:50 PM — A High Court judge who said the government should have sidelined equal marriage as it would only benefit "0.1%" of the population is stepping down.
28th November 2013
Senior adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron to marry same-sex partner 9
1:50 PM — Michael Salter, the Prime Minister’s Head of Broadcasting, is to marry his long-term partner Rob Church, it has been announced.
Church of England recommended to hold same-sex couple blessings 11
11:32 AM — The Church of England has been recommended to perform blessings for same-sex couples as soon as they have had a civil partnership or marriage.
25th November 2013
Sir Elton John: I have to get married in order to ‘set an example’ 22
12:36 PM — Sir Elton John says he has to get married to his current civil partner, David Furnish, in order to “set an example” for society.
Tory MP Peter Bone: There was ‘no point’ in pressing ahead with my same-sex marriage referendum 22
11:33 AM — Conservative MP Peter Bone has explained to PinkNews.co.uk his reasons for withdrawing a private member’s bill, which had called for a referendum on England and Wales’ same-sex marriage law.
22nd November 2013
Tory MP Peter Bone withdraws bill for referendum on equal marriage 6
3:56 PM — The MP who described equal marriage as “completely nuts” has withdrawn his private member’s bill for a referendum on the issue.
Michael Portillo: David Cameron took an ‘enormous risk’ with equal marriage 6
2:28 PM — Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo says David Cameron took an “enormous risk” with his own party in legalising equal marriage for England and Wales.
20th November 2013
Matthew d’Ancona: ‘Homophobic dinosaurs in the Tory party are far from being extinct’ 7
2:36 PM — Journalist Matthew d’Ancona says the fact that MP Crispin Blunt was forced to undergo a reselection process because a minority of Tory activists in his constituency had a problem with his sexuality should alarm Tory modernisers.
19th November 2013
Minister says Tories must ‘shout’ about things like equal marriage to win 2015 majority 6
6:23 PM — The Conservative Party cannot secure a majority unless it wins around new voters by “shouting from the rooftops” about its support for policies such as equal marriage, Minister for Planning Nick Boles has said.
Church of England working with Stonewall to combat homophobic bullying 25
1:59 PM — The Church of England has announced it will work with Stonewall to tackle homophobic bullying in its schools.
15th November 2013
Russell Brand: David Cameron is a posh ‘w***er’ who doesn’t worry about gay rights 50
6:54 PM — Comedian Russell Brand has made an expletive-laden rant about David Cameron and George Osborne, dubbing them “posh w***ers” and has suggested they are indifferent to gay rights.
14th November 2013
Christian Concern: Stonewall need to help us place anti-gay bus adverts on London’s buses 115
2:20 PM — The founder of Christian Concern says in the interest of a “level playing field”, gay rights charity Stonewall should be helping evangelical Christians place anti-gay bus adverts on London’s buses.
11th November 2013
John Major: Gay marriage has proved ‘toxic’ for the Tories because some like ‘to change slowly’ 45
6:22 PM — Former prime minister Sir John Major says grassroots Tories were right to feel “unsettled” by “bewildering” changes such as equal marriage, but warns there’s “no choice but to deal with this new world."
Exclusive: Scottish Tories claim SNP Govt slow to legalise equal marriage due to referendum 8
3:03 PM — Legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because the SNP government has diverted all resources to its pro-independence campaign, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has claimed.