22nd May 2013
Yvette Cooper: ‘Let us be loud and proud, celebrate, not discriminate, and pass equal marriage’ 2
2:12 AM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper made a speech urging MPs to vote in favour of a bill to allow equal marriage in England and Wales, just before it passed in the House of Commons with an overwhelming majority.
US: Same-sex sponsorship amendment withdrawn from broad immigration bill 15
1:27 AM — An amendment to a broad immigration bill just passed by the US Senate Judiciary Committee, which would have allowed binational same-sex couples to sponsor their partners, was dropped in an effort to ensure that the bill passed.
Nick Clegg: Tories need to stop fighting over equal marriage and ‘get back to governing’ 6
1:05 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is today to warn David Cameron and the Conservative party that it must "get back to governing", and stop infighting over equal marriage, and the EU.
Diane Abbott: ‘Momentous’ equal marriage bill will improve the lives of so many 8
12:47 AM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott made an impassioned speech in the lead up to the vote on the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, following its third reading today, in which she described it as "a momentous piece of legislation".
21st May 2013
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes: ‘Marriage should be between one man and one woman’ 59
6:11 PM — Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes, has said during the debate around the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill today, that he believes marriage should be "between one man and one woman".
France: Far right activist commits suicide in Notre Dame following legalisation of equal marriage 94
5:40 PM — Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been evacuated, after a former far-right activist committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, after writing a blog post slamming France's recently passed equal marriage bill.
UKIP Councillor: ‘Most gays are heterophobic’, and ‘have no rights to marry in church’ 37
5:08 PM — A newly elected UK Independence Party Councillor has been discovered to have posted homophobic and xenophobic comments on Facebook prior to being elected, including claims that "most gays are heterophobic", and that gay people have "no rights to marry in church".
David Burrowes MP tells schoolgirl: ‘I am a supporter of traditional marriage. Get over it!’ 32
4:41 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes has responded to a letter sent by a PinkNews reader, in which he was asked to clarify how he could oppose equal marriage, but still assert that he was not "anti gay", to say that he is against equal marriage, and to "Get over it!".
London beaten gay couple urge politicians to beware of legitimising anti-gay attitudes 9
3:51 PM — Two men who were subjected to a suspected homophobic robbery in London, are urging politicians to change language used during the debate around equal marriage, for fear that homophobic attitudes are being legitimised by negative comments.
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes: ‘I struggled with the issue of sexuality since I was a teenager’ 31
2:24 PM — The Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes, has spoken during the debate around the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, to say that he "struggled with the issue of sexuality", for years.
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins honoured with courage award
12:52 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay earlier this month to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, has received a courage award from leading gay-straight alliance organisation GLSEN.
Manager: Fined and suspended mixed martial arts fighter ‘doesn’t feel remorse’ for homophobic tweet 20
2:12 AM — The manager of a mixed martial arts fighter who was fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for a tweet in which he referred to a fellow fighter as a "fag", has said he is not remorseful for the slur.
20th May 2013
Lib Dem MPs encouraged to vote for Labour amendment to equal marriage bill
6:14 PM — Liberal Democrat MPs are being encouraged to vote in favour of a Manuscript Amendment to the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which would start an immediate consultation on civil partnerships for straight couples.
Brittney Griner: University basketball coach told me not to come out 1
5:42 PM — Recently out, openly lesbian US basketball star Brittney Griner, has spoken out to say that her college basketball coaches asked her not to come out, in case it damaged the reputation of the team for prospective recruits.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert: MPs should vote for Labour amendment to equal marriage bill 3
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Nick Herbert has circulated an email urging MPs to vote in favour of a Manuscript Amendment to the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which would start an immediate consultation on civil partnerships for straight couples.
Human Rights Watch urges Zambia to drop charges in sodomy case
4:53 PM — The Human Rights Watch has urged authorities in Zambia to release two men who were arrested and charged on allegations of sodomy earlier in May.
Speaker John Bercow announces MP’s office searched investigating a ‘serious arrestable offence’
3:48 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has made an announcement that an MP's office at Westminster, was searched at the weekend, during an investigation of a "serious arrestable offence".
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.
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.
18th May 2013
US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state 33
4:10 PM — The owner of a florist which is the subject of two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, has filed a lawsuit against Washington state, claiming her religious beliefs are being violated.