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.
1st July 2013
David Cameron confirms tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships 22
12:15 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron says the government will bring forward proposals for a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners.
25th June 2013
Government: Marriage to be recognised in the tax system for gay and straight couples 10
3:47 PM — Treasury Minister David Gauke says the government is "firmly committed" to recognising marriage in the tax system – a move which would benefit those in civil partnerships, heterosexual and same-sex marriages.
3rd June 2013
Yvette Cooper: The government needs to remember who the real opponents of equal marriage are 11
10:18 AM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to remember “who the opponents are” of the same-sex marriage bill in the wake of last week’s row about House of Lords timetabling.
29th May 2013
Party Whips accused of threatening an MP’s career over equal marriage opposition 21
6:27 PM — In a letter sent to peers ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, a group of MPs have accused party Whips of threatening the careers of MPs opposed to equal marriage, despite there being a free vote on the Bill in the House of Commons.
20th May 2013
Lib Dem MPs encouraged to vote for Labour amendment to equal marriage bill
6:14 PM — Liberal Democrat MPs are being encouraged to vote in favour of a Manuscript Amendment to the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which would start an immediate consultation on civil partnerships for straight couples.
UK: The simple state of play on the same-sex marriage bill and civil partnerships amendments 7
3:06 PM — We have condensed the row and the possible alternatives in relation to straight civil partnerships and how this impacts on the same-sex marriage vote in one article.
Downing Street: Equal marriage is the Prime Minister’s ‘paramount concern’ 13
2:21 PM — David Cameron is in full support of equal marriage, and the matter of whether the Government supports equal marriage is not in question, a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed.
Downing Street will decide tactics for equal marriage bill after vote on straight civil partnership amendment 42
12:51 PM — The Government may withdraw its support for the pending equal marriage bill for England and Wales, if an amendment to allow civil partnerships to straight couples passes.
Maria Miller: Civil partnership amendment could delay same-sex marriage bill by two years 26
10:38 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has warned that a proposed backbench amendment on civil partnerships for heterosexuals could dramatically delay implementation of the same-sex marriage bill.
19th May 2013
Lynne Featherstone: I support opposite-sex civil partnerships but the amendment may be a ‘cynical trap’ 14
7:15 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has said she supports opposite-sex civil partnerships, but is concerned that proposed amendments to the same-sex marriage bill allowing them are being pushed by marriage equality opponents.
Poll: 73% of MPs support civil partnerships amendment to equal marriage bill 13
7:01 PM — A new ComRes survey of 159 MPs, conducted over the past month, has found overwhelming parliamentary support for the amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, championed by Tim Loughton MP, which would extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.
25th March 2013
UK: Backbench Tories call for same-sex marriage referendum 54
2:32 PM — It's emerged that earlier this month Conservative MPs Tim Loughton and David Burrowes called for a same-sex marriage referendum to be held on the same day as the 2015 general election.
20th February 2013
Registrars should not have to marry gay couples says Tory MP David Burrowes 76
1:07 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes, who last week accused PinkNews of “fomenting hostility” against the opponents of equal marriage, also believes registrars should not have to marry gay couples.
12th February 2013
Michael Gove seeks to reassure Tory equal marriage critics in front of committee 13
7:20 PM — Education Secretary Michael Gove has again sought to reassure critical Conservative MPs that the government’s same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales poses no threat to teachers who disagree with the reform.
23rd January 2013
Tory MP Tim Loughton: Gay people have told me they ‘don’t want to get married’ 73
10:51 AM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has restated his opposition to equal marriage and has once again said: “marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
27th December 2012
Anti-gay marriage Tory MP Tim Loughton: Marriage is a ‘gift of God’ 96
8:07 PM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has defended his opposition to equal marriage and has described the Church of England's marriage service as “a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God”.