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.
New Tory MP: ‘There can’t be widespread discrimination if gays earn more than straights’ 50
3:57 PM — A new Tory MP who made headlines with his attack on "feminist bigots" has also questioned how the country can be "riddled with discrimination" if gay people earn more than their straight counterparts. Dominic Raab, the 37-year-old MP for Esher and Walton in Surrey, claimed that men should start "burning their briefs" in protest at the "raw deal" they get compared to women.
24th January 2011
Gay-inclusive maths and science lessons under fire 34
2:08 PM — Plans by gay education campaigners to encourage schools to make maths and other lessons more gay-inclusive have been attacked by critics. LGBT charity Schools Out has published guidance for teachers on how they can make more references to LGBT people during lessons.
29th November 2010
Wikileaks says US had dossier on gay Tory Alan Duncan 25
10:05 AM — US spies drew up a dossier on gay Conservative minister Alan Duncan, leaked documents show. Mr Duncan, now the international development minister, was apparently of special interest to the US and is the only British MP to have been singled out so far.
25th November 2010
Gove: We will work with Stonewall to tackle ‘growing’ anti-gay bullying 30
10:52 AM — Education secretary Michael Gove has said that the government will work with gay and anti-bullying charities to tackle homophobia in schools.