4th February 2013
Tory MP Rees-Mogg: ‘I take my whip from the Roman Catholic Church’ 74
5:25 PM — Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that he will not be supporting the same-sex marriage bill, saying he is whipped by the Roman Catholic Church rather than the Conservatives.
Investigation for baker who refused to make a cake for lesbian wedding 11
5:19 PM — A baker from Oregon who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, and who allegedly called them "abominations unto the Lord", has come under investigation.
Peter Tatchell: Tory opponents to equal marriage are a ‘bigoted’ minority 5
4:27 PM — Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s House of Commons vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Peter Tatchell has said that opponents to the bill in the Conservative Party were a minority and did not represent the views of the party.
Vatican official: The Catholic Church is being ‘persecuted’ due to its anti-gay positions 160
4:10 PM — The Vatican's head of doctrine says critics of his faith's anti-gay crusade are conducting a "concerted campaign" to discredit the Catholic Church that is resulting in open attacks against priests.
Nadine Dorries: The same-sex marriage bill is ‘political suicide’ and it won’t make gay couples equal 55
3:23 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has written of her opposition to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, claiming that it fails to make same-sex marriage equal to heterosexual marriage in the eyes of the law.
Iain Dale: An open letter to MPs – marriage belongs to society not just to the Church 6
3:20 PM — The LBC presenter and political commentator Iain Dale has written to every MP to explain to them why they should vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
50 senior local Tories write open letter to support same-sex marriage 12
2:59 PM — A day after 23 present or former local Conservative association chairman or officials wrote to David Cameron to call on him to reject same-sex marriage, more than 50 current senior local Conservatives have written an open letter in support of the policy.
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.
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.
New Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Marriage is between a man and a woman, and always has been’ 72
11:22 AM — The new Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to use his timely appointment, one day before the first vote on same-sex marriage, to announce his opposition to changes in the law.
Maria Miller: Voting for same-sex marriage will promote stability, responsibility and pride 14
8:49 AM — The Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller has made a final plea to MPs and the public to support the Government's Marriage (Same-sex couples) bill to make same-sex marriage legal.
3rd February 2013
Michael Gove: Marriage will be enhanced by extending it to gay people 8
11:28 PM — Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has offered his support to proposed legislation which would legalise equal marriage, and has re-iterated that teachers would not be disciplined for refusing to "promote" it.
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.
Iain Dale: Some of the MPs who oppose same-sex marriage are secretly gay 76
4:15 PM — LBC presenter and political commentator, Iain Dale, has sensationally claimed that several MPs who will vote against equal marriage are having secret gay affairs.
2nd February 2013
Tobias Ellwood MP: ‘I cannot support the Government’ on same-sex marriage proposal 79
4:52 PM — Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, Tobias Ellwood, has told a PinkNews reader that despite him being a "progressive Conservative", he can not vote to make same-sex marriage legal.
US: Illinois Senate to vote on equal marriage on Valentine’s Day 5
1:27 AM — The Illinois Senate may pass a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and will vote on it on 14 February.
1st February 2013
Ed Miliband predicts ‘big turnout’ for Labour in support of same-sex marriage vote 32
5:52 PM — Ed Miliband has predicted that the majority of his party's MPs will support equal marriage when it goes to a vote on Tuesday.
‘God-fearing’ Tory Equalities Minister Helen Grant defends same-sex marriage bill 10
3:22 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant has responded to critics of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and pledged her support for it, saying she feels it is "absolutely consistent" with her Christian beliefs and Conservative politics.