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Gay Marriage

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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Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK

Will supporting gay marriage help the Tories? It's all a matter of location, location, location. - Spectator Blogs

15 November 2012 15:34

Do pollsters and pundits actually understand how British elections work? I sometimes wonder. Take, for instance, the debate concerning whether or not supporting gay marriage might win the Conservative party… Continue reading

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George Osborne's alleged winning mix of fiscal austerity and social liberalism is a losing combination. Image: Getty

George Osborne’s combination of austerity and social libertarianism is repellent

15 November 2012 10:24

George Osborne’s spirited bid in The Times (£) earlier this week  to appropriate the Obama victory for the Tories is a curious mirror image of the Labour Party’s arguments to… Continue reading

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Cheryl Gillan has slammed the government's proposals for gay marriage. Photo: Getty Images.

Exclusive: David Cameron accused of misleading over gay marriage polling

14 November 2012 17:08

One of Britain’s leading pollsters has written to the Prime Minister to rebuke him for misleading his supporters over whether the Conservative Party would suffer in the polls if they… Continue reading

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Race, gay marriage and modern Conservatism. Lessons for David Cameron from America. - Spectator Blogs

13 November 2012 17:10

So, we’ve had nearly a week to digest the results of the American election and contemplate what, if anything, it might all mean for politics there and, naturally, in this… Continue reading

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The established criticism of George Osborne is that he is influential yet insubstantial, is that fair?

George Osborne, the insubstantial chancellor?

13 November 2012 16:00

George Osborne’s public interventions on issues other than the economy are few and far between, which is why his article in today’s Times merits attention. In it, Osborne analyses some… Continue reading

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Obama Admin. Unveils New Policy Easing Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

Amidst Obama's Triumph, America Enjoys A Libertarian Moment - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 16:57

Amidst last night’s Democratic triumph and the confirmation that Obama is, in many respects, Ronald Reagan’s heir let’s not forget that this election was also a triumph for libertarians and… Continue reading

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Liam Fox is one of the senior Conservatives to call for David Cameron to chase core Conservative voters. Picture: Getty.

Conservative conference: Liam Fox on what voters want

9 October 2012 22:07

As Liam Fox addressed a packed Carlton Club fringe this evening on a mezzanine floor in the ICC in Birmingham, a round of loud singing broke out on the floor… Continue reading

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Labour has indicated that its MPs will be subject to a three-line whip on gay marriage. Picture: Getty.

Labour’s three-line whip on gay marriage is illiberal

27 September 2012 17:17

Ed Miliband tells the Evening Standard today that Labour will give ‘wholehearted’ backing to gay marriage and says that churches and religious bodies should be allowed to conduct these ceremonies.… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg risked inflaming tensions in the coalition over gay marriage today when a draft of a speech containing the word 'bigot' was released to the press. Picture: Getty.

Nick Clegg: I don’t think gay marriage opponents are bigots

11 September 2012 20:19

Nick Clegg is currently eating a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream called ‘Appley Ever After’ with gay marriage campaigners celebrating the government’s consultation on introducing civil marriage for same-sex couples.… Continue reading

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Homophobe of the year

26 July 2012 17:30

News reaches No. 22 that rising star of the right Milo Yiannopoulos, of Catholic Herald and tech-world fame, is to be nominated for Stonewall’s ‘Homophobe of the Year’. The news… Continue reading

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The battle over complementarity of the sexes is already lost

14 June 2012 10:30

Today is the last day of the Government’s consultation about its gay marriage proposals. But as an editorial in the Telegraph points out, this is a more limited exercise than… Continue reading

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The View from 22 – is HS2 the rail to nowhere?

14 June 2012 9:00

Is High Speed 2 headed for the sidings? In our cover feature this week, Ross Clark examines why the ambitious infrastructure project — designed to boost Northern cities — has… Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee - Service Of Thanksgiving

Gay marriage, the CofE and the Tories

12 June 2012 16:00

There was, as Freddy has said, something inevitable about the Church of England’s response to the imminent prospect of gay marriage. A convinced Anglican, who also has intimate knowledge of… Continue reading

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