18th March 2013
Anti-gay Tory MPs call on David Cameron to abandon modernising agenda in video 36
11:05 AM — Several Conservative MPs have called on David Cameron to end his support for progressive policies such as equal marriage.
1st March 2013
Tory Leaders: Equal marriage was ‘not an issue’ in losing the Eastleigh by-election 14
5:20 PM — Members of Tory leadership, including Michael Gove and David Cameron, have denied that the issue of equal marriage played a role in the party losing the Eastleigh by-election, the result of which was announced today.
26th February 2013
Top gay Tory misses out on seat embroiled in row over equal marriage 27
11:37 AM — Following the resignation of a local Conservative Party chairman over his opposition to the equal marriage bill, a gay businessman who had intended to secure the seat has lost out.
24th February 2013
Tory local chairwoman from PM’s constituency resigns over his support for equal marriage 41
7:40 PM — The chairwoman of a local Conservative Party association which falls inside David Cameron's constituency, has resigned from her post, citing his support for equal marriage as her reason.
8th February 2013
Tory Eastleigh by-election candidate denies making homophobic slur — but confirms she’s against equality 48
5:12 PM — The Conservative Party’s candidate for this month’s Eastleigh by-election denies saying Labour did more for “immigrants, the gays, the bloody foxes” than children with special needs.
Tory Whip Anne Milton refused to vote on same-sex marriage because she didn’t ‘feel strongly’ about it 40
1:00 PM — Conservative MP and government whip Anne Milton declined to vote this week on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) because “she did not feel "strongly about it".
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.
4th February 2013
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley: Most people support same-sex marriage and it’s not a ‘big deal’ 13
6:00 PM — Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley has given a robust defence of David Cameron’s support for same-sex marriage and says the media’s interest in sex has “overblown” the debate.
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.
28th January 2013
Exclusive: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond links incest with same-sex marriage 122
11:12 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning incest.
28th December 2012
Poll: 71% of Tory members say equal marriage is splitting the party 35
10:22 AM — A poll carried out by the ConservativeHome website has found that 71% believe same-sex marriage is splitting the Tory party.
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”.
10th December 2012
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”.
7th November 2012
UK: Abuse allegations continue against gay former Tory MP 8
12:05 AM — Further sexual abuse allegations have been made against the late Sir Peter Morrison.
8th October 2012
UK: Anti-equal marriage rally takes place at Tory conference 111
12:23 PM — A rally by the Coalition for Marriage, the campaign group leading the opposition to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in the UK, has taken place against the backdrop of the Conservative Party Conference.
20th August 2012
Poll suggests churchgoers less likely to vote Tory in light of PM’s support for marriage equality 34
2:23 PM — A new poll suggests that many churchgoers in the UK are increasingly unlikely to vote Tory owing to David Cameron's promise to legalise marriage equality prior to the next election.
10th August 2012
Tory MP Nick Boles claims expenses to learn his civil partner’s language 78
3:04 PM — Tory MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles decided to learn Hebrew after entering into a civil partnership with his Israeli boyfriend, and included the £678 cost of the lessons on his parliamentary expenses account.