13th February 2013
Tory MP Henry Smith: MPs who abstained in the same-sex marriage vote are ‘chickens’ 31
2:41 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has described MPs who abstained in last week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as “chickens”.
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.
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.
Tory MP Adam Afriyie: I voted against the same-sex marriage bill because it does not represent true equality 89
10:39 AM — Conservative MP Adam Afriyie, who has recently been seen by some as a future successor to David Cameron, has explained why he voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
6th February 2013
Francis Maude: Tories no more split than the country on introducing same-sex marriage 9
11:19 PM — The Paymaster General, Francis Maude, one of the most pro-gay members of the Government has said that the Conservative party is no more divided than the country when it comes to same-sex marriage.
Comment: Equal marriage means gay relationships will stop being dismissed as inferior 8
6:33 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, political commentator Charlotte Henry analyses the significance of this week’s historic Commons vote on equal marriage.
Ed Miliband celebrates equal marriage vote and says ‘this is a proud day for Britain’ 13
10:55 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has spoken of his delight at last night’s decision of MPs to back same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
5th February 2013
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.
Catholic Tory MP Conor Burns: As a gay man I don’t see how I can vote against equality 9
12:34 PM — Conor Burns, the gay Tory MP, who previously expressed his reservations about introducing equal marriage, says he is now inclined to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
1st February 2013
Two-thirds of Tory MPs could refuse to back same-sex marriage bill says MP David Burrowes 27
11:43 AM — As few as one in three Conservative MPs will support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, in next week’s vote, according to Tory MP David Burrowes.
12th December 2012
LGBT Labour group criticise Ed Miliband for allowing a free vote on same-sex marriage 26
3:28 PM — While welcoming the government's commitment in allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales from 2013, the Labour Party’s affiliated LGBT campaign group have criticised the decision of its leadership to grant Labour MPs a free vote on the plans.
11th December 2012
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
Labour to hold a free vote on same-sex marriage 27
11:06 AM — The Labour Party has signalled that it will now allow its MPs to have a free vote on the government’s equal marriage plans despite previously indicating that it would impose a three-line whip.
10th December 2012
Culture secretary prepares to address Commons on same-sex marriage 9
3:13 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller is responding to an urgent question about the government’s equal marriage proposals in the House of Commons this afternoon.
Sir John Major applauds David Cameron’s ‘courageous’ support for religious same-sex marriages 20
10:36 AM — Sir John Major has thrown his support behind same-sex marriages in religious settings and says David Cameron’s backing of the reform is “genuine”.
9th December 2012
Boris Johnson and 18 senior Tories to push for marriage equality 56
10:05 AM — A number of senior Conservative politicians announced today that they had formed a new campaign group which supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, in an act of defiance against traditionalists within the party.
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
Source: 118 Tory MPs may vote against same-sex marriage 87
10:30 PM — The Daily Mail has reported that 118 Conservative MPs could potentially vote against government plans to legalise marriage rights for gay couples.
5th October 2011
David Cameron urges Tories to back gay marriage 259
3:52 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has urged reluctant Tory MPs and members to support gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the party conference in Manchester, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.