4th December 2012
Tory MP Richard Bacon’s motion to repeal Human Rights Act defeated 30
4:02 PM — MPs have defeated a bid by Conservative MP Richard Bacon to scrap the Human Rights Act, which opponents of equal marriage have argued is a key threat to religious freedom.
3rd December 2012
Wife of anti-equal marriage Tory MP disagrees with his stance 36
1:23 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has admitted to his local newspaper that his own wife doesn’t agree with him when it comes to opposing equal marriage.
30th November 2012
Andrew Lansley: I’m ‘looking forward’ to the government’s same-sex marriage plans 17
12:26 PM — The Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley has announced his support for equal civil marriage.
28th November 2012
London MP’s opposition to equal marriage branded ‘absolute disgrace’ by gay councillor 35
2:16 PM — Conservative MP David Evennett says he won’t be voting for equal marriage because he is a "strong supporter of traditional marriage".
26th November 2012
Tory MP Sir Edward Garnier: Call civil partnerships marriages, but don’t change the law 78
1:00 PM — Sir Edward Garnier, the Conservative MP and former solicitor general, has told a constituent that gay couples in civil partnerships should feel free to describe their relationships as a marriage, although it should not require a change in the law.
25th November 2012
Yorkshire Tory MP: Same-sex marriage is being forced on churches 37
5:39 PM — Conservative MP for Dewsbury Simon Reevell has become the latest MP to suggest that churches will be forced to conduct same-sex marriages despite government assurances.
23rd November 2012
I’m a Celebrity’s Limahl blames ‘gay vote’ for eviction 40
12:42 PM — 1980s pop act Limahl believes he could have stayed in ITV1’s I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! for longer if he had received greater support from his gay fans.
15th November 2012
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
PM ‘wrong’ on same-sex marriage poll says ComRes chief 29
7:06 PM — The chief executive of ComRes Andrew Hawkins has accused David Cameron of making misleading statements over polling data regarding equal marriage.
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!
31st October 2012
David Cameron: Same-sex marriage is ‘popular’ with voters 107
12:22 PM — David Cameron has personally responded to a letter sent to him by the former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillian after the Tory MP expressed her concerns over the government’s marriage reforms.
13th October 2011
Update: Christian Tory councillor suspended for anti-gay tweet 118
9:58 AM — A Christian Tory councillor in Buckinghamshire has been suspended for comparing gay marriage to bestiality. Party bosses took quick action against James Malliff.
12th October 2011
Tory councillor disciplined for comparing gay marriage to ‘sex with animals’ 70
3:21 PM — A Tory councillor in Buckinghamshire may be suspended after he compared gay marriage to bestiality. James Malliff said: "We may as well legalise sex with animals."
7th October 2011
Tory MP says gay marriage is ‘a step too far’ 192
3:12 PM — Conservative MPs have spoken out against prime minister David Cameron's support for gay marriage. On Wednesday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.
2nd September 2011
Tory MP Crispin Blunt speaks for first time after coming out 30
2:22 PM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has spoken about his sexuality for the first time since coming out a year ago. Speaking to US gay website The Advocate, he described how he came to terms with his sexual orientation.
1st February 2011
Tory MP says Gareth Thomas inspired him to come out 16
4:08 PM — Tory MP and deputy Speaker Nigel Evans says Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas inspired him to announce he is gay. His sexuality was an open secret around Westminster but Mr Evans decided to come out fully in December.
27th January 2011
Ken Livingstone accused of hypocrisy for earning money from anti-gay Iran 23
1:51 PM — London mayor candidate Ken Livingstone has been criticised for earning thousands of pounds for his work as a presenter for an Iranian TV channel.
Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46
11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.
26th January 2011
Tory MP removes blog comments about ‘gay lessons’ 17
10:35 AM — A Conservative MP who attacked gay-inclusive lessons as “ludicrous” has removed his blog post. Richard Drax, who represents South Dorset, had claimed that the lessons would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
25th January 2011
Tory MP says schools are imposing ‘questionable sexual standards’ on pupils 20
5:37 PM — Another Conservative MP has attacked plans to encourage schools to include references to gay people in maths, science and geography. South Dorset MP Richard Drax said the voluntary lesson plans were "ludicrous" and would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.