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January 23, 2013

Ivan Massow announced his candidacy for the marginal Somerset seat within hours of Tory chairman resignation over gay marriage

A gay millionaire who left the British Conservative party over gay issues now wants to stand as a member of parliament.

Insurance businessman Ivan Massow applied to be the Tory candidate for the Somerset constituency he has 'lived in and loved' all his life.

But on the same day the chairman of Somerton and Frome Constituency Conservative Association resigned after 49 years, citing Prime Minister David Cameron's stance on gay marriage as the reason.

These two events have kicked off a constituency row about equal marriage.

December 28, 2012

Poll finds majority of Conservative Party members are opposed to equal marriage and believe leader has underestimated Tory opposition

British Prime Minister David Cameron could face a huge rebellion over gay marriage after a poll found that 71% of Tories think the bill is splitting the Conservative Party.

The UK government is pressing ahead with legislation to introduce equal marriage in England and Wales.

However, a poll carried out by the ConservativeHome website suggests Cameron has a fight on his hands from not only religious groups, but within his own party.

December 17, 2012

Gay Conservatives hit back at claims that Prime Minister David Cameron has 'no mandate to redefine marriage'

Britain's gay Conservatives claim same-sex marriage was always part of the plan, despite politicians saying the Prime Minister has 'no mandate' on the issue.

Almost 60 MPs and Peers from all major political parties signed an open letter slamming David Cameron for not having the authority to 'redefine marriage'.

December 11, 2012

Conservatives and religious leaders continue equal marriage backlash, with one senior Catholic bishop likening the PM to Roman emperor Nero

British Prime Minister David Cameron told Tory rebels to be 'grown ups' over gay marriage, reassuring members of parliament they will have a free vote on the issue.

The Conservative Party leader told politicians in Westminster yesterday (10 December) that despite same-sex marriage not being a priority at a time when the government is busy trying to reduce the deficit, it was the right time to introduce the controversial legislation.

December 10, 2012

Former British prime minister joins other senior Conservatives supporting David Cameron's equal marriage proposals

Former British prime minister John Major is backing gay marriage, applauding the government's plans as 'courageous'.

The politician who led the Conservative Party in government from 1990 to 1997 showed his support for current Tory PM David Cameron, whose equal marriage plans have divided the party and traditional religious groups.

In his statement, Major said: 'The Prime Minister's instinct to support equal marriage is a courageous and genuine attempt to offer security and comfort to people who, at present, may be together, yet feel apart.

October 8, 2012

LGBT counter protest claims true agenda of right-wing Tory rally against same-sex marriage is linked to gay 'cures'

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, claims Britain will become like Nazi Germany if it goes ahead and legalizes gay marriage.

Lord Carey made the outrageous comments while addressing a 1,000 strong rally  against same-sex marriage in Birmingham today (8 October).

During the event to coincide with this week's Conservative Party conference, he warned that Christians who dared to speak out against the government's equal marriage reforms could face persecution similar to the Jews under the Third Reich.

October 8, 2012

Former Archbishop of Canterbury will lead rally against UK government's same-sex marriage legislation during Conservative conference in Birmingham

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, will reportedly launch a scathing attack on gay marriage at this week’s Conservative Party conference.

In an early draft of his speech seen by the Daily Mail, Lord Carey states that allowing same-sex marriage reforms could have ‘drastic’ consequences that ‘strike at the very fabric of society’.

September 12, 2012

Activist Bisi Alimi questions whether Maria Miller’s voting record on equalities should have ruled her out for her new job

If the selection of ministers to a particular position is based on their track records and qualifications, then Maria Miller is surely in the wrong job.

A reshuffle of the British cabinet saw Member of Parliament (MP) Miller given a new role as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

But this government department has also been given the job of overseeing equality, making her the UK’s senior Minister for Women and Equality. (She’s assisted in this role by her junior, Helen Grant MP.)