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New Poll: Britons Think Marriage Equality is the Best Thing Conservatives Have Done

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

titleA new poll shows that only 28% of Britons think that marriage equality was a bad thing the Torys accomplished, compared with much higher negative percentages for their other acts:

The only Tory policy perceived to be “good for Britain” by the public was the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which came into effect on 29 March 2014.
39% said they thought same-sex marriage was good for Britain, 24% said it was neither good nor bad and 28% said it was bad for Britain. The Comres poll for ITV fond that a majority of Britons, 57%, think the management of the NHS under the Tories has been bad for Britain, that 55% thought changes to tuition fees were bad, 56% agreed that increased overseas aid spending was bad for Britian, and 65% said they thought the way immigration has been managed was also bad for Britain.

When you add the Goods, the I Don’t Knows, and the Neutrals, 82% think that marriage equality is either a good thing or does no harm.

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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UK: Marriage Equality Opponents Hope to Block Bill in House Of Lords

Monday, May 27th, 2013

London ParliamentA group of Tories in opposition to the marriage equality bill hope to block it next week in the House of Lords. Press TV reports:

Senior Tory peer Baroness Warsi has refused to lead the draft legislation through the House of Lords when asked to by British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Sunday Telegraph reported. Former head of the British army Lord Dannatt, ex-Conservative party chairman Lord Lothian, former Home Secretary Lord Waddington, former minister Lord Luce and Lord Singh of Wimbledon are amongst those set to criticize the bill in next Monday’s session.

The debate may run well into the night, as Pink News reports:

Some have said they expect dozens of Lords who normally do not attend Parliament, will all be in attendance, in order to speak against the bill, however Government whips are fighting off calls to allow a second day of debate on the issue. Lord Hodgson, a Tory peer who expressed intentions to back the bill said it is “clearly a very divisive issue”. He said: “I have children in their twenties who wonder what all the fuss is about and friends in their sixties who think this is the end of the world. “The number of people who have put down to speak is quite staggering. We could go through the night on this… it looks very close.”

I didn’t see the actual date for the debate in either of these articles – has anyone pinned that down yet?

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UK: Some Tories Push for Public Vote on Marriage Equality

Monday, May 13th, 2013

London ParliamentA group of conservatives is pushing to send the marriage equality bill to a public vote. The Guardian reports:

A group of Conservative MPs has proposed a referendum to allow the public to vote on gay marriage in one of several amendments aimed at watering down the bill to legitimise same-sex weddings. More than 100 MPs may support the call for a referendum, sources said. The amendments have gained more support among Tory MPs since the UK Independence party’s surge in support in the county council elections, which some MPs attribute in part to opposition among voters to the gay marriage bill. More proposals from backbenchers are expected to be laid before parliament this week.

The move comes as the House of Commons is set to give the bill a third reading next week.

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UK: Tory MPs Again Push Prime Minister to Drop Marriage Equality Bill

Monday, May 6th, 2013

LondonIn what seems to be becoming a regular bimonthly occurrence, members of Prime Minister David Cameron’s own party are once again urging him to drop the marriage equality bill ahead of elections next year. Gay Star News reports:

According to According to British newspaper The Telegraph, former defense minister Sir Gerald Howarth urged Cameron to drop the gay marriage bill in order to appease Tory members considered at risk of switching support to leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage. Farage said in an interview with The Daily Mail that same-sex marriage isn’t his priority, and he considers himself more of a real Tory than Cameron. Farage said: ‘He’s not a Tory, he’s a socialist. Tory voters feel much closer to me than their own leader. His priorities are gay marriage, foreign aid, and wind farms. They’re not mine.’

So far Cameron has stood firm against these calls to drop the push for marriage equality. We hope he will see it through to the finish line.

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UK: Prime Minister’s Chief Whip Accused of “Bullying” to Stifle Tory Marriage Equality Dissent

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

UK: Chief Whip Sir George YoungConservatives are accusing the Chief Whip of using private expense details to “blackmail” them into keeping quiet about the marriage equality bill. Pink News reports:

Sir George faced allegations from some Tory members who said he had used confidential details of their travel and housing expenses, to “victimise” them. The Information Commissioner, the Government’s official watchdog, has been consulted by one of the MPs, who has lodged a formal complaint against the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) for breaking Data Protection and passing information to Sir George. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the anonymous MP said: “Sir George warned me that I should play ball with IPSA, or risk personal financial details being made public. I feel that amounted to blackmail.”

I thought the whip’s job was to whip the party into shape to support the party’s stated goals. Am I wrong?

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UK: Conservatives Push Cameron Again to Abandon Marriage Equality; Others Want Gay Weddings at Westminster Chapel

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Westminster PalaceA couple competing stories out of the United Kingdom today.

First off, anti-gay tories are pushing again to have the party abandon its pledge on marriage equality. Pink News reports:

Several Conservative MPs have called on David Cameron to end his support for progressive policies such as equal marriage. MPs Peter Bone, Douglas Carswell, John Glen, Anne McIntosh and Bob Stewart belong to Conservative Grassroots, which was set up in the wake of February’s Commons vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. MPs present in the video were among 136 Tory MPs that voted against the bill with another 135 choosing not to vote at all. The video, featuring past and present Tory party activists, was released to coincide with the Conservative Party’s weekend Spring Forum.

At the same time, there’s a movement afoot on the Labour side to open up a chapel in the famous Westminster Palace to same sex couples. Pink News reports:

A chapel within the Palace of Westminster may be changed in order to allow equal marriage ceremonies, as part of a proposal by Labour MP Chris Bryant. Mr Bryant, who sat on the Committee for the equal marriage bill and is openly gay, submitted a proposal to convert the chapel of St Mary Undercroft to a multi-faith prayer room, which could potentially allow equal marriage ceremonies to take place there. Under current plans for marriage equality, the Church of England, and therefore the chapel, which lies in a crypt below parliament, is exempt from providing same-sex wedding ceremonies. The plans could allow religious denominations such as the Quakers and Liberal Judaism access, both of which have said they will perform the ceremonies.

Will the UK beat France to marriage equality?

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UK: 71% of Tory Members Think Marriage Equality Fight Splitting Party

Friday, December 28th, 2012

UK: 71% of Tory Members Think Marriage Equality Fight Splitting PartyA poll carried out by the ConservativeHome website has found that 71% of Tory members say same-sex marriage is splitting the party and only one in three Conservative members admire David Cameron for “standing up for gay equality”.

David Cameron’s popularity among LGBT voters has risen since he backed equal marriage, according to a PinkNews.co.uk poll.

However, a survey of more than 2,500 Conservative Party members shows widespread disdain for the prime minister’s equal marriage plans among his core supporters. A majority of Tory members (64%) think same-sex marriage is unnecessary because gay people can already opt for civil partnerships, while 32% disagree.

Authored By Scott Roberts – See the Full Story at Pink News

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England, UK: Tories Remind Rebels That Marriage Equality Was An Election promise

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Tories Remind Rebels That Marriage Equality Was An Election promiseBritain’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’.

They claimed the equal marriage plans, which were unveiled in detail last Tuesday (11 December), were not mentioned in any of their election manifestos or the coalition’s Programme for Government.

Authored By Matthew Jenkin – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Marriage Equality is a Tory Principle

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Marriage Equality is a Tory PrincipleMarriage not only enriches the life of the couple, it enriches society. When two people love one another, and are willing to make a lifelong commitment to each other, then society itself is strengthened.

It is precisely because marriage is such a uniquely important institution that we should ensure that all couples who want to enter into it, regardless of their sexuality, can do so.

Conservatives who believe in marriage should feel this most strongly. As David Cameron said to his own Party Conference, “I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative; I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative.”

Authored By Nick Herbert – See the Full Story at the Telegraph

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England, United Kingdom: Government Considers Married Couples Tax Break to Appease Backbenchers Over Marriage Equality Plans

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

UK: Government Considers Married Couples Tax Break to Appease Backbenchers Over Marriage Equality PlansMinisters are considering bringing in tax breaks for married couples as soon as next spring to try and appease Tory backbenchers over gay marriage.

Conservative sources say they want to introduce transferrable allowances – worth around #150 a year – as part of the 2013 Budget.

The controversial move will spark a huge row with their Lib Dem coalition partners, who are against the plans. But it would help placate Tory MPs who are angry about David Cameron’s insistence on legalising gay marriage.

Authored By Daniel Martin – See the Full Story at the Daily Mail

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