14th May 2013
Maria Miller: Surprising that England & Wales is behind so many countries on equal marriage 31
5:26 PM — Maria Miller, the Minister for Equalities, has told a joint committee of peers and MPs that it is surprising that England and Wales is behind the curve when it comes to same-sex marriage.
10th May 2013
Conservative Lord Fowler: If Parliament values people equally, it must make same-sex marriage legal 33
10:29 AM — Lord (Norman) Fowler, the former Conservative Health Secretary has told fellow peers that they should support equal marriage because: "Parliament should value people equally in the law, and that enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current inequity."
7th May 2013
Delaware Senator Karen Peterson comes out during same-sex marriage vote 8
11:56 PM — Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson came out as a lesbian during her speech to convince colleagues to vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
US: Delaware becomes the 11th state to make same-sex marriage legal 17
10:18 PM — Lawmakers in the US state of Delaware have voted 12 to 9 in favour of a bill to legalise equal marriage on Tuesday, making the Diamond State the 11th to allow same-sex marriage.
6th May 2013
Dame Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen tells gay festival drummers to ‘shut the f**k up’ 40
10:27 AM — Dressed as the Queen, Dame Helen Mirren told 200 drummers promoting a gay festival to "shut the f*ck up" after they disturbed a performance of 'The Audience'.
5th May 2013
Nigel Evans: I’ve had the worst 24 hours of my life but Facebook support has bolstered me
8:00 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, has said his arrest over claims of rape and sexual assault have been the "worst 24 hours of my life".
Justin Bieber: ‘I’m gay’ claims hacked E! Online Twitter account 21
12:21 PM — The Syrian Electronic Army, the group responsible for hacking both the BBC and the Associated Press, has used a compromised Twitter account to claim that pop star Justin Bieber is gay.
4th May 2013
Norman Tebbit: Ban on straight civil partnerships is discrimination, ban on gay marriage is not 137
11:23 AM — The former Conservative Party chairman Norman (Lord) Tebbit has told a PinkNews reader that the ban on same-sex marriage is not discriminatory, but the current system of not allowing heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership is.
6th February 2013
Francis Maude: Tories no more split than the country on introducing same-sex marriage 9
11:19 PM — The Paymaster General, Francis Maude, one of the most pro-gay members of the Government has said that the Conservative party is no more divided than the country when it comes to same-sex marriage.
5th February 2013
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: ‘Today’s vote is a landmark for equality in Britain’ 20
9:49 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that today's vote was a "landmark for equality in Britain".
More Conservative MPs voted against same-sex marriage than for it 54
8:52 PM — David Cameron's spirits on succeeding to get the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through the first round of the Parliamentary process will be dampened by the knowledge that more of his MPs voted against rather than for his policy.
Letter: William Hague, George Osborne and Theresa May same-sex marriage ‘is the right thing to do’ 6
8:04 AM — In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, but in reality a letter to fellow Tory MPs, three of the most senior Conservative ministers have pleaded with their colleagues to back same-sex marriage.
3rd February 2013
William Hague: We shouldn’t deny a couple marriage because they are of the same-sex 9
11:18 PM — William Hague, the foreign secretary, who as Conservative leader opposed the abolition of Section 28 has confirmed that he will vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
Iain Dale: Some of the MPs who oppose same-sex marriage are secretly gay 76
4:15 PM — LBC presenter and political commentator, Iain Dale, has sensationally claimed that several MPs who will vote against equal marriage are having secret gay affairs.
2nd February 2013
Tobias Ellwood MP: ‘I cannot support the Government’ on same-sex marriage proposal 79
4:52 PM — Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, Tobias Ellwood, has told a PinkNews reader that despite him being a "progressive Conservative", he can not vote to make same-sex marriage legal.
31st January 2013
Chris Grayling and Baroness Warsi to vote in favour of same-sex marriage 59
12:35 AM — Tory right-wingers Chris Grayling and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi have said that they will vote in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry next week.
30th January 2013
London: Gay couple claim they were denied joint beauty treatment by salon 24
7:31 PM — A couple from Woodford Green in North London are seeking police help after they claim that a beauty salon refused to treat them because they are gay.
29th January 2013
David Cameron under pressure to grant tax breaks to win same-sex marriage vote 18
11:42 PM — Prime minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are reportedly under mounting pressure to give married couples a tax break in order to secure support for their same-sex marriage bill.
26th January 2013
Introducing equal marriage in England and Wales to cost the tax payer up to £4.7m 60
1:52 PM — The Government has said that the costs of introducing same-sex marriage in England and Wales will cost between £3.3m and £4.7m. The assessment, promised by the Government during the consultation process, is not as large a figure as some opponents of equal marriage had claimed introducing equality would cost.
23rd January 2013
Israel: Anti-gay marriage Jewish Home party wins seats in general election 8
12:02 AM — The Jewish Home party (Habayit Hayehudi), is predicted to have won 12 seats, less than was originally expected, in the Israeli general election held on Tuesday. Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to stay on as prime minister of a right-wing coalition.