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.
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.
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.
YouGov polling expert questions validity of anti-gay marriage results 26
4:46 PM — YouGov Associate Director Anthony Wells has criticised same-sex marriage polls that feature agree/disagree statements.
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.
UK: Stonewall chief believes bishop vote helps David Cameron on same-sex marriage 5
9:26 PM — Stonewall's CEO has responded cautiously to claims the PM may fast-track equal marriage legislation. Ben Summerskill also believes this week’s Church of England vote on female bishops could affect the equal marriage campaign.
Chris Bryant accuses Russian officials of ‘smears’ and of circulating underwear photo 62
5:13 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has claimed he is the victim of a homophobic smear campaign by the Russian Embassy in London after a website published an old image of him wearing just his underwear.
UK: Radio station fined after presenter calls gay people ‘evil’ 67
3:11 PM — A radio station in Leeds, which is aimed at the Asian community, has been fined after a presenter advocated homophobic violence and branded gay people as “evil” and “shameful”.
London Evening Standard calls for PM to move quickly on same-sex marriage 19
11:46 AM — The London Evening Standard has published an editorial stating that speeding up implementation of equal marriage would help benefit the government.
Students at London uni move to cut ties with anti-gay Lord Carey 44
10:29 AM — Students at King’s College London have accused Lord Carey of being homophobic and are campaigning to have his photo removed from the college’s display of famous alumni.
22nd November 2012
ConservativeHome editor: Cameron is on ‘right side of history but wrong side of core voters’ on equal marriage 26
11:17 PM — Tim Montgomerie, the editor of Conservative Home has urged Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to argue more passionately in favour of same-sex marriage, but he warned that at present, Mr Cameron is on the “right side of history, but the wrong side of his core voters” on this issue.
UK: Gay teacher accused of child abduction
7:56 PM — A gay trainee teacher who is facing eleven counts of child abduction has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.
Conservative MP: Church is deluded if it thinks Parliament will listen to opposition of same-sex marriage 27
7:53 PM — The Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry who speaks on behalf of the Church of England’s commissioners in Parliament has warned that the church is deluding itself if it thinks that MPs will listen to its arguments against marriage equality for gay couples.
London university to host anti-gay extremist Islamic preacher 87
7:09 PM — Brunel University in Uxbridge, west London, has been criticised for allowing a cleric who supports the killing of gay people to attend a student event.
Video: David Cameron releases World AIDS Day message 3
12:27 PM — David Cameron says more needs to be done to increase HIV testing and has paid tribute to HIV/AIDS care and prevention workers in his annual World AIDS Day message.
Travel: The darker side of Brighton 14
11:33 AM — With its sunny pebble beaches, world-famous pier and its huge gay nightlife, you might think the only fright you're likely to have in Brighton is a cheeky seagull pinching your ice-cream or a the shock of who you took back to the hotel after a drunken night at Revenge. But think again, because this popular resort is not all it seems.
Source: David Cameron to introduce equal marriage legislation within weeks 57
12:26 AM — A senior source in Downing Street has told the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron is to fast-track legislation to introduce equal marriage within weeks.
UK: Same-sex marriage vote due ‘within weeks’ says Mail 1
12:19 AM — Plans to allow same-sex marriage could be voted on and approved by MPs within weeks, according to the Daily Mail.
21st November 2012
London: G-A-Y to stage HIV testing event for World AIDS Day 14
1:31 PM — G-A-Y hopes to break last year’s world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in 8 hours as part of next month’s World AIDS Day.
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.