6th February 2013
All but two of Northern Ireland’s MPs voted against equal marriage for England and Wales 35
2:24 PM — Only two out of 13 Northern Irish MPs voted to pass the same-sex marriage bill, but gay rights groups have praised the overall decision.
5th February 2013
Margot James MP: Coalition for Marriage and churches have deliberately misled on equal marriage 7
4:52 PM — Margot James, the first openly gay woman in the Conservative Party, said she thought her party needed to keep progressing or they would end up like the American Republican Party.
MPs complain of ‘vitriolic’ abuse from anti and pro-equal marriage supporters 6
3:39 PM — MPs have remarked on the "deeply unpleasant" nature of emails they have received over same-sex marriage, with one anonymous MP claiming some have decided to vote in favour because of the "appalling" opposition fervor.
Derren Brown: I’m @Out4Marriage so no one is forced to pick ‘Choice B’ 1
1:50 PM — Illusionist Derren Brown has taken a break from convincing people the world is ending to convince them to support same-sex marriage.
UK: Equal marriage rally to take place at Westminster today 2
11:59 AM — A rally will take place in Westminster later, with campaigners and MPs gathering to support and discuss today's same-sex marriage vote.
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
4th February 2013
Lib Dem MP to vote against same-sex marriage bill because it ‘weakens’ families 70
7:17 PM — Liberal democrat MP John Pugh has announced that he will vote against the same-sex marriage bill.
Ghana: Anti-gay critics say new children’s minister will ‘promote homosexuality’ 8
5:49 PM — Ghana's new children's minister has been accused of supporting gay rights by her critics even though she denies stating that homosexuality should be legalised.
Tory MP Rees-Mogg: ‘I take my whip from the Roman Catholic Church’ 74
5:25 PM — Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that he will not be supporting the same-sex marriage bill, saying he is whipped by the Roman Catholic Church rather than the Conservatives.
Nadine Dorries: The same-sex marriage bill is ‘political suicide’ and it won’t make gay couples equal 55
3:23 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has written of her opposition to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, claiming that it fails to make same-sex marriage equal to heterosexual marriage in the eyes of the law.
New Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Marriage is between a man and a woman, and always has been’ 72
11:22 AM — The new Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to use his timely appointment, one day before the first vote on same-sex marriage, to announce his opposition to changes in the law.
1st February 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo: 50% of NFL players share Chris Culliver’s homophobic views 4
7:05 PM — Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo has estimated that 50% of NFL players have homophobic views.
US: Facebook headquarters to host LGBT undergrad tech conference
6:13 PM — A conference to help LGBT tech students feel comfortable in the workplace and connect with major employers such as Facebook and Twitter will be held in California this weekend.
Ed Miliband predicts ‘big turnout’ for Labour in support of same-sex marriage vote 32
5:52 PM — Ed Miliband has predicted that the majority of his party's MPs will support equal marriage when it goes to a vote on Tuesday.
‘God-fearing’ Tory Equalities Minister Helen Grant defends same-sex marriage bill 10
3:22 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant has responded to critics of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and pledged her support for it, saying she feels it is "absolutely consistent" with her Christian beliefs and Conservative politics.
BBC News presenter Jane Hill: Gays and lesbians need better representation on TV and radio 32
2:04 PM — BBC News presenter Jane Hill says there is still not enough LGBT people on Britain's TV screens in an exclusive interview with PinkNews.
UK: Lesbian couple found guilty of torturing pensioner to death 21
12:30 PM — Two women in a civil partnership, said to be "drug addicts", have been found guilty of torturing a pensioner to death in order to get his PIN code.
UK: Housing association refuse to relocate trans woman away from phobic neighbours and say it is ‘lifestyle choice’ 33
10:13 AM — A trans woman who was harassed by neighbours was told by a housing association that it was not a good enough reason to relocate her, as her gender identity was a "lifestyle choice".
US: Romney advisor says Republicans need to ‘modernise’ by supporting same-sex marriage 6
10:08 AM — Mitt Romney's advisor in the swing state of Iowa has said that the Republican Party should support same-sex marriage, and claims he has done so himself for 12 years.
31st January 2013
China: ‘Two Old Men’ stream footage of their wedding but are disrupted by son 22
4:57 PM — A gay couple who attracted thousands of fans on a Chinese microblogging site have broadcast footage of their symbolic wedding, but were interrupted by the son of one of the men.