LGBTory News

No mandate on marriage?

A group of MPs from all parties have written a letter to the Daily Telegraph claiming that "none of the three main parties stood on a platform to redefine marriage." and that therefore "the Government has no mandate to redefine the meaning of marriage". We believe that they are mistaken, and that there were committments to look at same-sex marriage in the documents all Conservative MPs campaigned on. 

Equal Marriage Infographics

The Department for Cutlure, Media and Sport has produced some handy infographics to explain the proposals for equal marriage.

HM Government: The facts about equal marriage

The government has produced a factsheet summarizing their response to the consultation on equal marriage.  Entitled "The facts about equal marriage" it is reproduced below.

Equal Marriage - Government Announces Legislation

The government has today announced plans to bring forward legislation to allow same-sex marriage. After years of determined campaigning we strongly welcome this move towards equality and know that many thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people will be looking forward to the opportunity to make this commitment to each other.

Tory MP leads the way at Norwich Pride

Conservative Member of Parliament for Norwich North, Chloe Smith, was among the guests at Norwich Pride this weekend, where she took part in a panel debate, highlighting the Conservative-led Government’s determination to see equal marriage on the statute books by 2015.

The case for equal marriage

In this article, LGBTory's National Policy Officer, Colm Howard-Lloyd, sets out why equal marriage is a step in the right direction and argues that the government is right to say that same-sex relationships are equally valid, and that it therefore must stick by its convictions to recognise and demonstrate this.

LGBTory launches new website

Thank you for your support at the last election. Because of you, David Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister in 13 years and the Government’s plans to build a strong economy and a big society are in full swing. Now, to help us communicate with you, we've launched this new website.

Openly-gay leader for Reading Conservatives

The new leader of the Conservatives in Reading is to be Tim Harris, it was announced this week. Cllr Harris, a 41 year old software salesman, was elected without contest as group leader on Reading Council. Openly-gay, he is well-known for his prominent LGBT campaigning, which recently included successfully facilitating a £10,000 grant to kick-start a Reading LGBT centre.

Openly-gay leader for Scottish Conservatives

The Conservatives have today elected a new leader for their Party in Scotland. The successful candidate is Ruth Davidson, who is 32 and openly-gay. She was elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament just last year and is thought to be the first ever openly-gay leader of any mainstream UK political Party.