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Gay Marriage

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

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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

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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

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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

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'Some Issues in Human Sexuality' was a compromise: so the church shouldn't go for another such fudge, argues Alan Wilson. Picture: PA

It’s time for the Church of England to drop the culture wars

30 April 2013 15:14

Almost three thousand years ago the Prophet Amos asked ‘can two walk together except they be agreed?’ How can the Church of England, pragmatic and volunteer-led but with complex legal… Continue reading

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Charles Moore has written the 'authorized' biography of Margaret Thatcher. Is 'authorized' correct? (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Margaret Thatcher: An Accidental Libertarian Heroine

10 April 2013 12:37

It is 34 years since Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. Coincidentally, she entered Downing Street 34 years after Clement Attlee won the 1945 general election.  The whole history of post-war… Continue reading

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Katie Price at the launch of her jewellery brand. Image: Getty

Surely Katie Price demeans marriage more than gay marriage ever could?

3 April 2013 13:11

The right of gays to have a civil marriage in a non-religious service is once again an issue. There have been large and slightly violent protests in Paris as well… Continue reading

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Cardinal Keith O'Brien Image: Getty

Keith O’Brien’s resignation is no good thing. But it might be good for the Catholic church

26 February 2013 16:33

The downfall of Cardinal Keith O’Brien could not have been more complete if it had been orchestrated by Stonewall, which, if you recall, awarded him Bigot of the Year for… Continue reading

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Cardinal O'Brien standing next to Gordon Brown at a function in 2006. (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s prayers

26 February 2013 9:48

As the late Christopher Hitchens used to say of the most vociferous, gay-obsessed clergy: ‘I have a rule of thumb for such clerics and have never known it to fail:… Continue reading

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Tories are keen for the government to consider whether it should separate the civil and religious functions of marriage. Picture: Getty

Exclusive: Tory MPs push government for French-style ‘civil union’ weddings

15 February 2013 9:06

Two Conservative MPs are pushing for the government to consider separating the civil functions of marriage from the religious as part of the same sex marriage bill, I understand. David… Continue reading

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Divorce courts

Adultery and the same-sex marriage bill

13 February 2013 10:26

Nadine Dorries said during the debate on same sex marriage last week that ‘This bill in no way makes a requirement of faithfulness from same-sex couples. In fact, it does… Continue reading

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David Cameron at PMQs

Cameron's Gay Marriage Victory Showed Him As A Real Leader - Spectator Blogs

7 February 2013 0:12

And lo, the battle for British Gay Marriage was in fact a rout. True, half the parliamentary Conservative party voted against the measure. True too, this is now being considered… Continue reading

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A serious political party would defend traditional marriage

6 February 2013 10:23

What is the point of a Conservative party that does not see practical value, perhaps wisdom, in traditional institutions such as marriage? There are some less worthy reasons for preserving… Continue reading

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David Cameron leaves Downing Street for Parliament earlier this evening. Image: Getty

Can Christians still have Holy Matrimony?

5 February 2013 22:52

That’s that then. Marriage will change, one way or another. Progress has won. Cue lots of right-on politicians talking about how proud they are to have ushered in such a… Continue reading

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MPs who voted against gay marriage: full list

5 February 2013 20:26

The Press Association’s analysis of tonight’s vote on the second reading of the same-sex marriage bill found 139 Conservative MPs voted against, along with two tellers. This was a free… Continue reading

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MPs wait to hear the result of the vote on the second reading of the gay marriage bill.

MPs back gay marriage, but it’s not the Tory result Cameron was hoping for

5 February 2013 20:10

More Tory MPs have voted against gay marriage than have voted for it, with initial estimates from the vote (which was won 400 votes to 175) suggest 139 Tories voted… Continue reading

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David Cameron addresses guests at a Gay Pride reception in Downing Street in 2010. He did not mention gay marriage at a Tory function last night. Image: Getty

David Cameron’s gay marriage silence

5 February 2013 17:22

The Hurlingham Club hosted the Tories’ annual fundraising Black and White Ball last night. Behind closed doors, the Prime Minister gave a speech to Tories with deep-pockets. There was none… Continue reading

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Will the European court force churches to conduct gay weddings?

5 February 2013 17:21

Would the European Court of Human Rights force churches to conduct same-sex marriages against their will? That’s the professed fear of some opponents of the Same Sex Marriage Bill being… Continue reading

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MPs debating gay marriage. But where's Cameron?

Gay marriage vote: where’s Cameron?

5 February 2013 13:31

As soon as the government announced plans to bring in gay marriage, it was clear that the press was going to turn the vote on it into a referendum among… Continue reading

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David Cameron speaking to guests at a Gay Pride reception in Downing Street. Picture: Getty

Conservative MPs should think twice before voting against equal marriage

5 February 2013 12:16

Equal marriage has provoked anguished internal discussions in the Tory Party. Twenty  Association Chairmen have asked the Prime Minister to backtrack on the proposals and up to 180 MPs are… Continue reading

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Iain Duncan Smith will support the same sex marriage bill today. Picture: Getty

Whips try to neutralise row over gay marriage scrutiny arrangements

5 February 2013 8:43

In the next few hours as the vote on the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill approaches, the ‘undecideds’ are declaring how they will vote. Yesterday I… Continue reading

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David Burrowes presenting a petition objecting to the same sex marriage bill in Downing Street last summer. Picture: Getty

Ministerial aide could defy whip on gay marriage vote

4 February 2013 15:38

Downing Street is very keen to emphasise that Tory MPs who vote against the second reading of the gay marriage bill tomorrow are not ‘rebels’. This is a free vote,… Continue reading

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Gay marriage

Same-sex marriage is homophobic

4 February 2013 14:29

The current ‘Same Sex Couples Bill’ is part of a trend that supposes equality is only to be advanced by erasing all differences between us so that we are all… Continue reading

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David Cameron is personally committed to gay marriage, but how does he persuade MPs who are wavering? Picture: Getty

No 10: No last-ditch pitch from PM on gay marriage

4 February 2013 12:37

Downing Street always knew tomorrow’s gay marriage vote was going to provoke tensions. But what’s interesting is how unsure Number 10 is about how to approach the free vote on… Continue reading

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Supporters of gay marriage protest outside the Tory conference in September. Picture: Getty

The same-sex marriage bill and religious freedom

4 February 2013 9:26

Parliament is entering the frenzied final hours leading up to the second reading of the same-sex marriage bill. MPs will vote on the legislation at around 7pm tomorrow, and today’s… Continue reading

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