Ministers Michael Gove and Philip Hammond have both recommended a mandate before gay marriage legislation is enacted. "We had our own mandate. It was just dinner at a discreet restaurant. We started with a few drinks at a quiet club. Then a lightish dinner. Yes there was candlelight, no there was no serenading violinist. We did go on somewhere afterwards. I'm not saying what happened next. But we both came away thinking a proper formal mandate is absolutely essential when it comes to same sex issues." said Gove.
Mr Hammond told his side of the story: "Govey just rang me up out of the blue, and said "what about this mandate?" Well. When I got my breath back I said any evening except Thursday, and let's go somewhere elegant but fun! And then maybe on somewhere to dance? I was taken aback, but it was, I can tell you, an evening to remember. We talked about absolutely everything under the sun. Including Queen's speech related matters. "No, not that kind of Queen," I said to Govey. "You are awful, but I like you!" And yes, we agreed David has never had a mandate while he's been in office and maybe he should try one."
David Cameron defended his lack of mandate in a letter to Tory activists. "You all do a wonderful job, and I know you feel some relationships are special. We've all of us paid for same-sex education, let's not forget, and those experiences at school are important. They're part of growing up as a conservative. And yes, they stay with you. I promise to try and get a mandate soon, but I'm not very popular at the moment."