5th June 2013
Chief Rabbi abstains in House of Lords equal marriage vote 27
2:16 PM — The Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, abstained in last night’s House of Lords vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
US: Gay rights protester interrupts Michelle Obama’s speech 14
1:33 PM — A speech by US First Lady Michelle Obama at a Democratic Party fundraising event was briefly interrupted last night by a gay rights campaigner.
Birmingham: Journalist asks Pride revellers to ‘lisp’ and ‘mince’ on camera 31
12:42 PM — A columnist at the Birmingham Mail newspaper made a series of homophobic remarks to describe participants of Birmingham’s recent Pride festival and asked one man to ‘lisp’ on camera.
Terrence Higgins Trust says high gonorrhoea rates among gay men are a ‘wakeup call’ 20
11:18 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described latest figures showing rates of gonorrhoea among gay men up by a third as a “wakeup call”.
Tory Faith Minister Baroness Warsi abstains in equal marriage Lords vote 51
10:39 AM — Having previously indicated she would vote in favour, Baroness Warsi, refused to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in last night’s House of Lords vote.
4th June 2013
Labour Lord Alli: ‘A stunning victory for equal marriage in the Lords’ 13
7:21 PM — Lord Alli has described the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at second reading in the House of Lords as “a stunning victory for equality”.
Vladimir Putin says he will sign gay adoption ban but claims ‘there is no discrimination’ in Russia 25
6:23 PM — President Vladimir Putin says he will back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denies it amounts to homophobic discrimination.
Labour Lord Alli praises David Cameron over his ‘courageous’ support for equal marriage 4
5:02 PM — Labour peer Lord Waheed Alli has paid tribute to Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron over his “courageous” support for equal marriage.
Earl of Arran: Equal marriage could lead to a ‘decadent’ Britain that ‘flaunts’ homosexuality 39
2:21 PM — The ninth Earl of Arran, one of the few remaining hereditary peers in the Lords and the owner of a 5,000-acre estate, says he fears for the future of a “decadent” Britain if the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is signed into law.
Lord Hylton: Gay people have stolen the word ‘gay’ and it no longer has a ‘delightful meaning’ 49
1:02 PM — Speaking during yesterday’s second reading debate of the marriage bill Lord Hylton claimed gay people had stolen the word 'gay' from its original meaning.
Tory MP and wife accused of groping lesbian housekeeper in threesome attempt
12:00 PM — A Conservative MP and his wife have been accused of groping their lesbian housekeeper while trying to have a threesome with her.
Lord Tebbit: ‘Homosexual men are already equal, subject to the laws on incest and bigamy’ 36
11:18 AM — Lord Tebbit launched another attack on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during last night's debate in the House of Lords, declaring the current "rights of a homosexual man are identical to mine".
3rd June 2013
Tory Lord Fowler: It would be ‘politically suicidal’ for the Lords to vote against equal marriage 24
7:38 PM — Former Health Secretary Lord Fowler says it would be “politically suicidal” for the House of Lords to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Terrence Higgins Trust calls for male HPV vaccine after Michael Douglas’s cancer oral sex claims 10
4:34 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust is reiterating calls for the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination programme to include gay and bisexual men following Hollywood actor Michael Douglas’s comments about oral cancer.
House of Lords equal marriage debate begins 10
3:12 PM — Peers have begun debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the Lords as part of its second reading.
House of Lords equal marriage rally to take place this evening 2
2:09 PM — Supporters of marriage equality will rally outside the House of Lords from 5.30pm.
Former Tory cabinet ministers urge Lords to back equal marriage 8
1:17 PM — Several former Conservative cabinet ministers – including three former health secretaries – have given their firm backing to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in an open letter to The Times.
Senior Anglican warns equal marriage could force the Queen to break ‘the laws of God’ 58
11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, says introducing equal marriage could force the Queen to break a sovereign promise.
Yvette Cooper: The government needs to remember who the real opponents of equal marriage are 11
10:18 AM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to remember “who the opponents are” of the same-sex marriage bill in the wake of last week’s row about House of Lords timetabling.
1st June 2013
Boris Johnson: I am delighted London has made the final shortlist for the 2018 Gay Games 4
4:43 PM — Boris Johnson says its “fantastic news” that the capital has been shortlisted to go through to the final round of the process to host the 2018 Gay Games.