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Tories Stage Mass Revolt Against David Cameron Over Gay Marriage

Gay marriage could be dead at this point in Britain. This is massive. Cameron is never going to survive regardless of the outcome. *** "Gay marriage mess: Up to four Cabinet ministers to join Tory revolt against David Cameron in vote" 2 Feb 2013 23:00 PM’s allies fear biggest Conservative rebellion in modern times when MPs vote whether to back Mr Cameron on gay marriage on Tuesday FOUR Cabinet ministers and up to 200 more Tory MPs are set to defy David Cameron in a mass revolt over gay marriage. The PM fuelled their anger this weekend by killing any hope of a tax break for married couples in next month’s Budget. The PM’s allies now fear the ­biggest Tory rebellion in modern times when MPs vote whether to back Mr Cameron on gay marriage on Tuesday. Tory insiders say Cabinet ­ministers expected to defy the PM by voting against or abstaining are ­Environment ­Secretary Owen ­Paterson, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Welsh Secretary David Jones. The number of rebel Tory MPs could hit between 160 and 200 – more than half the 303 Tory MPs – in a huge blow for Mr ­Cameron’s authority and leadership. The PM’s support for same-sex marriage has been a key factor in accelerating the drift of thousands of Tory voters towards the UK ­Independence Party, say pollsters. MPs will get a “free vote” on the issue of letting religious groups carry out same-sex weddings and vote according to their ­consciences and not party orders. The planned law is certain to get the backing of MPs because of strong support from Labour and Lib Dem members. Tory MPs are furious with the PM for supporting gay marriage while postponing his pledge to give married couples a tax break worth about £150 a year. Tory MP Stewart Jackson said yesterday: “I wonder who’s advising him? His ­political strategy – No to marriage tax breaks and Yes to gay marriage – stinks.” Divisions over same-sex marriage could cost the Tories the 2015 general election, said one poll. One in five voters who ­supported the party in 2010 would ­“definitely not” do so again if the Government presses ahead with the change. The Church of England has urged the Government not to support gay marriage but gay Tory MP Nick Herbert warned Tories risked the same fate as defeated Republicans in the US by “failing to see society has changed”.

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