Gay Marriage

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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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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William Hague led this afternoon's Commons debate on Europe. Picture: Getty

William Hague: Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan is where the threat to the British homeland is coming from

3 February 2013 12:29

On the Sunday Politics, William Hague confirmed that the greatest terrorist threat to the British homeland come from Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But he argued that without intervention, the Sahel… Continue reading

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Theresa May will face questions when Parliament returns on the efficacy of TPIMs. Picture: Getty

More Tory splits and plots

2 February 2013 11:32

David Cameron arrived back in the UK this morning to newspapers full of talk of Conservative splits and plots. The moment of unity that followed his Europe speech has well… Continue reading

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

Tory opponents of gay marriage meet as whipping plans upset backbenchers

30 January 2013 16:09

Tory MPs opposed to gay marriage are holding a meeting in the next hour to discuss next Tuesday’s second reading of the Bill, I understand. The meeting is being co-ordinated… Continue reading

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Why the Tory leadership thinks it can push gay marriage and boost its support among ethnic minority voters

20 January 2013 16:39

If the Tory party doesn’t improve its performance with ethnic minority voters, it’ll be nigh-on-impossible for it to win a general election in a generation’s time. The single biggest driver… Continue reading

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

High Court judge: Gay marriage is ‘wrong policy’

26 December 2012 13:41

Sir Paul Coleridge’s intervention in today’s Times (£) on gay marriage has ensured the debate won’t go quiet after various angry Christmas Day sermons. The High Court Judge tells the… Continue reading

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Will the Lords really slay the gay marriage bill?

17 December 2012 18:19

Think the Commons is in uproar at the moment over gay marriage? Just wait until the legislation makes its way into the House of Lords. The received wisdom is that… Continue reading

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

Tensions in the tearoom on gay marriage

15 December 2012 11:17

This week’s developments over gay marriage have left a febrile atmosphere in the Conservative party. As Fraser wrote yesterday, David Cameron seems to have driven his party ‘quite mad’ by… Continue reading

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What started as a call for equal rights has now become a culture war - not least within the Tory Party. Picture: Getty

Gay marriage: no culture wars, please, we’re British

14 December 2012 9:34

Ever since the issue of gay marriage returned to British politics, we have seen the debate become crazier and crazier.  When Tony Blair handled this with his Civil Partnerships Act… Continue reading

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Maria Miller holds gay marriage briefing to reassure nervous Tory MPs

11 December 2012 21:21

After giving her statement to the House of Commons on the government’s plans for gay marriage, Maria Miller held a meeting with Tory MPs. I understand that the meeting was… Continue reading

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Maria Miller today unveiled protections for religious institutions that don't want to conduct gay weddings. Picture: Getty

Maria Miller unveils ‘quadruple lock’ to protect churches from gay marriage court actions

11 December 2012 14:15

Maria Miller sought to assuage the fears of her backbench colleagues about the government’s plans for gay marriage today by announcing a ‘quadruple lock’ to prevent any religious leader being… Continue reading

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Commons shadow boxing on gay marriage

10 December 2012 17:57

Today’s urgent question on gay marriage was largely shadow boxing for the statement on it, which has now been brought forward to tomorrow. Maria Miller insisted that the chance of… Continue reading

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Attorney General to reject warnings of gay marriage legal challenge

10 December 2012 13:36

I understand that when the gay marriage bill is published, the Attorney General will make clear that the chance of a legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights… Continue reading

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Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK

A storm of nonsense: gay marriage opponents lose their wits - Spectator Blogs

10 December 2012 13:01

My word, the latest kerfuffle over gay marriage runs the gamut from dumb to dumber. Here, for instance, is Cristina Odone: He may get away with bullying a great many –… Continue reading

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Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK

No 10 insists churches are protected under gay marriage plans

10 December 2012 11:47

The government may be forced to explain its plans for gay marriage in the House of Commons today if an urgent question is granted. Chief among the questions from backbenchers… Continue reading

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David Cameron addresses a Gay Pride reception in Downing Street. The Prime Minister today said he wanted to allow churches and other religious institutions to conduct same-sex marriages. Picture: Getty

David Cameron backs gay marriages in church

7 December 2012 14:05

This week marks seven years since David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative party, and he has celebrated the occasion by making an announcement that will certainly keep things… Continue reading

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David Cameron at a gay pride reception in Downing Street. Picture: Getty

118 Tory MPs publicly reject gay marriage plans

24 November 2012 9:52

David Cameron is planning to fast-track legislation for gay civil marriage through parliament, but today’s Daily Mail underlines that his own MPs are dragging their feet over the legislation. The… Continue reading

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