Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport, was appointed the Parliamentary under secretary of state at the Ministry of Justice and the minister for equalities at the Department for Education, despite her opposition to same-sex marriage.
Dinenage joins Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, who also voted against equal marriage, but later indicated she had changed her mind.
Pink News reported in 2013 that Dinenage had said that the “state has no right” to redefine the meaning of marriage and that “preventing same-sex couples from being allowed to marry takes nothing away from their relationship”.
According to PinkNews, Caroline Dinenage has since said: “I know that some of your readers will be concerned about my voting record on same sex marriage however, I want to be clear – I am fully committed to advancing the cause of LGBT equality and support the law on same sex marriage.
“I’m proud that the UK has just been named the most progressive country in Europe for LGB & T rights for the fifth year running, but as the new minister for equalities I know there’s no room for complacency.
“That is why I’m particularly looking forward to taking forward this government’s work on tackling homophobic bullying in schools and implementing our manifesto commitment to introducing a new law that will build on the posthumous pardon for Alan Turing by erasing the historic convictions of those who would be completely innocent of any crime today.
“I’ll be meeting with LGBT organisations such as Stonewall as soon as possible to discuss this Government’s priorities for this parliament.”