Gay Marriage

Ed Miliband's Minister for Women is likely to be one of Harriet Harman's spiritual daughters; but that's not the only - or even the best - reason to be suspicious of the post. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Why must we have a Minister for Women?

15 April 2014 17:41

Does it make you feel better about yourself, girls, ladies, to know that if Labour’s elected, Ed Miliband will have a Secretary of State for Women, and Equalities, with Cabinet… Continue reading

Equality campaigners have stormed the Bastille. It would be tragic if they built new Bastilles in its place.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly

4 April 2014 11:04

If you’re reading this on Firefox, you can rest assured that your custom is not going towards any hateful, disgusting, evil people who might disagree with you on something. Not… Continue reading

IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri launching his report this week. Photo: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Podcast: Adapting to climate change, monogamy in gay marriage and new forms of electioneering

3 April 2014 8:41

Is the world finally realising it has to adapt to, rather than halt, climate change? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Matt Ridley discusses this week’s Spectator cover on… Continue reading

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza married shortly after midnight at Islington Town Hall. Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Gay marriage is a triumph for our arrogant political class

29 March 2014 14:55

Well, Peter and David, John and Bernado, Sean and Sinclair are now married and the happy husbands have the further benefit of the unanimous blessing of our political class. David… Continue reading


The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage

21 November 2013 10:56

Perhaps there is something mildly tawdry about discussing an issue such as gay marriage in terms of its impact on perceptions of the Tory party or the extent to which… Continue reading

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Nick Boles is right: the Tory party must change.

20 November 2013 17:07

Another outbreak of the Tory Modernising Wars! What larks! Nick Boles’s speech to Bright Blue, a newish think tank for metropolitan swells folk who think the Tory message needs rethinking,… Continue reading

Nick Boles has called for the Tories to setup a National Liberal party. Illustration: Ian Tovey.

Nick Boles evidently needs your help

19 November 2013 18:36

Another interesting contribution to the great debate from Nicholas Boles, the MP for Grantham and Stamford and someone who is considered ‘influential’. Nick has explained away the Conservative Party’s unpopularity… Continue reading

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Can we expect more social conservatism from the Tories?

11 November 2013 12:26

The Telegraph reports that the Relationships Alliance, which is to launch in the House of Commons, warns that the ‘disintegration of romantic, social and family relationships costs the average taxpayer around… Continue reading

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Lib Dems vote for forced marriage for commitment-phobic men

19 September 2013 19:11

Never let it be said that the Liberal Democrats are against marriage – in fact they’re so keen on it that at their conference they voted for a motion that… Continue reading

Since the passing of the gay marriage law, what possible reason could David Laws have for remaining a Lib Dem?

Life would be better if the Lib Dems ceased to exist

18 September 2013 15:03

Steerpike’s photos from the Lib Dem conference make the affair look far more interesting than it could possibly have been. As I have written here before, the terms ‘Liberal Democrat’… Continue reading

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Poll: Half of religious people support gay marriage

14 July 2013 14:09

As the House of Lords prepares to vote on gay marriage, a YouGov poll shows that the opinion of people who regard themselves as ‘religious’ is 48pc against and 44pc… Continue reading


Gay divorce

28 June 2013 17:16

It has already been announced that there will be no provision for adultery as grounds for single-sex divorce, for the obvious reason (though it was only belatedly obvious to the… Continue reading

An unlikely rebel: Justin Welby opposes gay marriage

Opposing gay marriage now is as brave as being openly gay was in 1970

16 June 2013 15:12

Since one’s attitude to homosexual acts is now considered the main way of judging whether a person is civilised, one must salute those in public life who defy this. To… Continue reading

Death Of Emily Davison

How Equality will do for the Right in the end

6 June 2013 11:54

As the Same Sex Marriage result shows, the doctrine of Equality now carries all — family, religion, tradition, freedom — before it. Lots of Conservatives prate in favour of it without… Continue reading

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Peers reject gay marriage ‘fatal’ motion

4 June 2013 19:03

So peers have backed the second reading of the marriage (same sex couples) bill, and against an amendment from Lord Dear calling for the legislation to be dropped. Dear’s attempt… Continue reading


Culture wars

30 May 2013 15:46

Shadow arts minister Dan Jarvis set chins wagging today by suggesting that ‘well-placed sources in Whitehall’ had told him that the Department for Culture Media and Sport could be scrapped… Continue reading


Edmund Burke and post-modern conservatism

24 May 2013 15:28

There has been a lot of talk about Jesse Norman’s book on Edmund Burke, and deservedly so for it’s a good book – accessible, learned and relevant. Burke is, I… Continue reading

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Same Sex Marriage Bill: how MPs voted

21 May 2013 20:27

This is the full Hansard of list of how MPs voted on tonight’s third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. It was a free vote, and the Bill… Continue reading


Gay marriage easily passes third reading vote in the Commons

21 May 2013 19:31

After all the parliamentary back and forth yesterday, gay marriage passed third reading by the comfortable margin of 366 to 161. Tory sources are briefing that fewer of their MPs… Continue reading

Britain's Opposition Labour Party's Shad

Labour claims credit for gay marriage bill

21 May 2013 18:12

Some might say it was rather audacious of Yvette Cooper to send an email to Labour activists this evening urging them to tweet something along these lines: I’m proud to… Continue reading

David Cameron speaks at a Downing Street reception on gay marriage. Picture: Getty

MPs defeat ‘wrecking amendment’ as Cameron tries to patch things up with grassroots

20 May 2013 22:42

MPs have just defeated Tim Loughton’s ‘wrecking amendment’ to the Same Sex Marriage Bill by 375 votes to 70, after approving the Government and Labour amendment (more on how that… Continue reading

David Cameron once described himself as a 'man with a plan'. He needs to give that impression now as his party chooses turmoil on Europe once again. Picture: Getty

David Cameron should be out there making the case for gay marriage

20 May 2013 19:14

David Cameron’s approach to the gay marriage debate inside his own party has been to take a low profile. The passion and eloquence he displayed on the subject in his… Continue reading

Final Day Of The Labour Party Conference

Labour tries to defuse civil partnerships row – by backing government amendment

20 May 2013 14:23

This morning, Labour was facing a rather awkward choice on the Same Sex Marriage Bill. This afternoon, the opposition party has turned the situation around so that it appears to… Continue reading

Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK

Will civil partnerships kill the gay marriage bill?

20 May 2013 13:05

There’s a conspiracy theory doing the rounds in Westminster that the ‘wrecking amendment’ for the gay marriage bill is a nifty way of the government dropping the legislation because it… Continue reading

Maria Miller

Maria Miller on defensive against gay marriage ‘wrecking amendment’

20 May 2013 8:55

The final stages of the Same Sex marriage bill in the House of Commons were never going to be easy, but it is still an odd situation when the minister… Continue reading