Gay Marriage

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…