7th February 2013
Tory Business Minister Michael Fallon: I was wrong to vote against equal marriage — but the Tories now have to unite 28
11:45 AM — Conservative MP and Business Minister Michael Fallon has conceded that he was wrong to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says opponents should accept this week’s decisive Commons verdict.
5th February 2013
MPs vote 400 to 175 to pass same-sex marriage bill 120
7:15 PM — MPs have voted for the government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - following an afternoon of heated debate in the House of Commons.
Gay Tory MP Mike Freer: ‘I’m simply asking for equal treatment’ 7
5:12 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has received warm praise on Twitter for delivering a heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality in the House of Commons.
Letter: William Hague, George Osborne and Theresa May same-sex marriage ‘is the right thing to do’ 6
8:04 AM — In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, but in reality a letter to fellow Tory MPs, three of the most senior Conservative ministers have pleaded with their colleagues to back same-sex marriage.
4th February 2013
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.
David Cameron to defend equal marriage policy amid vociferous Tory revolt 16
1:03 PM — David Cameron will reportedly speak out in favour of equal marriage later this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s first vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, according to the Times.
3rd February 2013
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.
9th January 2013
Gay Tory: UKIP are behaving like the Communist Party 16
4:58 PM — The chairman of Conservative Future Ben Howlett says UKIP members who support equal marriage and are disgruntled with the party’s current row on the matter should consider joining the Tories.
21st December 2012
Tory MP Steve Baker: Letting gays marry will not improve tolerance in our society 51
9:22 AM — Conservative MP for Wycombe, Steve Baker, has said that the Government's plans for same-sex marriage will not improve tolerance in society. He said the Government should wait 10 years before letting gay couples marry.
12th December 2012
Poll: 55% of public support same-sex marriage, but Tory voters divided 9
1:20 PM — A majority of the British public support changing the law to allow marriage rights for gay couples, but Conservative voters are divided on the issue, according to a YouGov poll.
26th November 2012
Oxford Tory students claim they are being ‘persecuted’ after being called ‘haters of gays’ 83
11:19 AM — Tory students at Oxford University claim they are being persecuted and are demanding the same equal rights as gay people, those living with a disability and ethnic minorities.
21st November 2012
Poll: 34% ‘less likely’ to vote Tory if same-sex marriage is legalised 46
12:37 PM — The political arguments on whether equal marriage is a vote winning policy for the Conservative Party shows no sign of dying down, as ComRes releases another poll.
16th November 2012
Manchester: Defeat for gay Tory candidate 21
10:37 AM — Matthew Sephton, chairman of LGBTory, has been defeated as the Conservative Party candidate in the Manchester Central by-election.
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.
Tory MP criticises George Osborne for going ‘big’ on same-sex marriage 79
11:28 AM — Conservative MP Glyn Davies says he is disappointed that the prime minister, deputy prime minister and chancellor are all supporting equal marriage.
14th November 2012
Telegraph blasts George Osborne for supporting same-sex marriage 61
1:50 PM — The Telegraph newspaper has criticised Chancellor George Osborne’s recent intervention on equal marriage and has accused him of playing a “dangerous game” over the issue.
13th November 2012
Anti-gay opponents petition ahead of Corby by-election 34
8:14 PM — Coalition for Marriage (C4M), the UK lobby group that opposes marriage rights for gay couples, has delivered 46,000 leaflets in the constituency of Corby, which is due to hold a by-election on Thursday.
George Osborne: Tories must back same-sex marriage or risking losing like US Republicans 56
10:25 AM — Chancellor George Osborne has told the Conservative Party that ditching its support for equal marriage could cause a catastrophic defeat at the 2015 general election.
9th November 2012
Comment: There is a real climate of hysteria 77
2:07 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Richard Smith says David Cameron’s remarks about the risk of a potential “witch-hunt” developing against gay people in regards to the current abuse scandal have been taken out of context.
6th November 2012
Gay equality critic Nadine Dorries suspended as a Tory MP over ‘I’m a Celebrity’ row 32
6:11 PM — Equal marriage critic Nadine Dorries has been suspended as a parliamentary member of the Conservative Party after she announced that she would be appearing in ITV's reality show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!