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."
8th November 2013
Philip Hammond: I was ‘shocked’ David Cameron legalised equal marriage so quickly 22
3:33 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was “shocked” by the legalisation of equal marriage for England and Wales – but has conceded that he will eventually be “quite comfortable” with the reform.
20th May 2013
Gay Tory MP Crispin Blunt: ‘David Cameron is going through a fire with his colleagues in order to deliver equal marriage’ 5
10:41 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, says David Cameron has shown “fantastic leadership” on equal marriage. The MP also comments on today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, and Philip Hammond’s recent criticism.
17th May 2013
Comment: Dear Philip Hammond, equal marriage might upset people, but it is worth it for equality 18
6:44 PM — Hannah Buchanan questions Philip Hammond's assertion that he is not anti-gay, despite saying there is "no huge demand" for equal marriage, and that it made people angry.
Downing Street rejects same-sex marriage criticism from Philip Hammond 22
4:14 PM — A spokesman for David Cameron has rejected claims made by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that too much parliamentary time is being spent on equal marriage.
Philip Hammond: ‘No great demand for gay marriage and it’s upsetting vast numbers of people’ 73
10:58 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says Downing Street should not focus its efforts on equal marriage.
27th February 2013
Tory MOD minister Mark Francois says he’s committed to equality in the armed forces — despite voting against same-sex marriage 8
2:29 PM — Conservative Defence Minister Mark Francois says the government is committed to LGBT equality in the armed forces after it was pointed out only 1 MOD minister voted in favour of the same-sex marriage bill.
31st January 2013
Philip Hammond admits to raising sibling relationships in same-sex marriage discussion 23
12:54 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has admitted to raising siblings relationships in last week's discussion about equal marriage with students at a university.
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.
23rd January 2013
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
10th January 2013
Liam Fox: Gays should be treated with respect – but banned from marrying 50
12:58 PM — Former defence secretary Liam Fox says as a medical doctor same-sex relationships are a variant of the spectrum of human sexual behavior, although this does not mean he approves of the government’s equal marriage plans.
15th November 2012
MOD chaplains could be “sacked for opposing gay marriage” says Tory MP 57
2:30 PM — Sir Gerald Howarth, who left the Ministry of Defence in September, says the government’s equal marriage reforms could make the position of some chaplains who disagree with the change untenable.
12th October 2012
Yvette Cooper: ‘Get on with legalising same-sex marriage’ 76
11:41 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says David Cameron needs to “show a bit of backbone” over the issue of equal marriage.
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".