20th May 2013
China: 18-year-old IDAHOT activist detained for 12 days
2:32 PM — It has emerged that one of four LGBT marchers detained in the Chinese city of Changsha following Friday's IDAHOT events remains in prison, and has been sentenced to 12 days in jail.
Downing Street: Equal marriage is the Prime Minister’s ‘paramount concern’ 13
2:21 PM — David Cameron is in full support of equal marriage, and the matter of whether the Government supports equal marriage is not in question, a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed.
Peter Tatchell: ‘MPs should vote for heterosexual civil partnerships’ 31
1:47 PM — Peter Tachell notes the popularity of straight civil partnerships in the Netherlands in saying MPs should vote for civil partnerships for heterosexual couples in England and Wales.
David Burrowes: I oppose all ‘dilutions’ of marriage 12
1:37 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes has once again voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, and has revealed he will not be voting for an amendment to the bill allowing opposite-sex couples to have civil partnerships either.
Yvette Cooper: ‘David Cameron must show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into Tory wrangling’ 4
1:21 PM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, says she hopes “David Cameron will show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into another vortex of bitter Tory wrangling.”
Live blog: MPs debate and vote on same-sex marriage and opposite sex civil partnerships 1
1:05 PM — The House of Commons debate same-sex marriage and whether opposite sex couples should be allowed to have civil partnerships.
Downing Street will decide tactics for equal marriage bill after vote on straight civil partnership amendment 42
12:51 PM — The Government may withdraw its support for the pending equal marriage bill for England and Wales, if an amendment to allow civil partnerships to straight couples passes.
Nick Clegg: ‘I will make sure the same-sex marriage bill doesn’t get hijacked by those with ulterior motives’ 21
12:30 PM — Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he will not allow Tory opponents to succeed in wrecking the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Francis Maude: How my late gay brother’s legacy shaped my equal marriage support
12:10 PM — Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights in the Conservative Party, has written ahead of today's debate on the same-sex marriage bill about how the loss of his gay brother led him to support marriage equality.
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: ‘Equal marriage is now a litmus test for David Cameron’ 5
11:48 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a huge test for David Cameron.
Church of Scotland set to debate ordination of gay clergy 3
10:49 AM — The Church of Scotland is due to debate today whether it will continue to allow the ordination of lesbian and gay ministers. Around 850 ministers will take part in the annual General Assembly in Edinburgh this week.
Gay Tory MP Crispin Blunt: ‘David Cameron is going through a fire with his colleagues in order to deliver equal marriage’ 5
10:41 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, says David Cameron has shown “fantastic leadership” on equal marriage. The MP also comments on today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, and Philip Hammond’s recent criticism.
Maria Miller: Civil partnership amendment could delay same-sex marriage bill by two years 26
10:38 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has warned that a proposed backbench amendment on civil partnerships for heterosexuals could dramatically delay implementation of the same-sex marriage bill.