That's the word from the Coalition government's Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone:

"In the aftermath of a tough set of election results for both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, I couldn’t help but notice a few naysayers popping up in the media and uttering dire warnings about a government that needs to concentrate on core issues rather than same sex civil marriage," she said.

"For goodness sake – it’s not either/or. The economy is clearly the No 1 priority – but the Coalition can multi-task! There will be no u-turn on equal marriage – we are committed as a government to legislate by 2015.”"

By then, president Obama may have come around. After the British Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.