3rd June 2013
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.
31st May 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust urges Nigeria’s president to veto anti-gay law 3
7:06 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust is calling on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to veto a bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with potential prison terms of up to 14 years.
Brighton: Gay businesses take part in HIV mouth swab project 1
5:42 PM — Mouth swabs are being taken from volunteers at gay venues in Brighton and Hove in order to gather new data about the way HIV is transmitted in the city.
Baroness Warsi blasted by National Secular Society for failing to ‘steer’ equal marriage in Lords 16
2:42 PM — Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi has been accused by the National Secular Society of refusing to “steer” the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through the Lords.
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 30
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
30th May 2013
Labour says government is ‘lashing out’ at ‘poor handling’ of equal marriage bill 16
7:19 PM — The shadow minister for equalities Kate Green has accused the government of "lashing out at the Labour Party" over the "poor handling of the same-sex marriage bill".
Nigeria bans same-sex marriages with 14-year prison term 33
5:55 PM — A bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with prison terms of up to 14 years has been passed by lawmakers.
Scotland: Highland congregations threaten to leave Church of Scotland over gay ministers 12
5:06 PM — Two congregations in the Scottish Outer Hebrides have threatened to leave the Church of Scotland over the ordination of gay ministers.
New York: Memorial for gay man shot dead in Greenwich Village 3
3:45 PM — A memorial service has taken place in New York City for Mark Carson, a gay man who was shot dead earlier this month.
UK: Government moves equal marriage House of Lords vote to later next day 21
2:46 PM — Next week’s House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now take place on Tuesday in the daytime after supporters warned voting in the early hours could put the bill at risk.
Clare Balding takes aim at ‘uncool’ Lord Tebbit over his ‘lesbian queen’ remarks 43
1:28 PM — Clare Balding has criticised Lord Tebbit after he warned Britain could be ruled by a lesbian queen if equal marriage is legalised, she says the remarks are "insulting to every surrogate parent".
UK: Equal marriage rally to coincide with House of Lords debate 14
12:28 PM — Monday’s House of Lords second reading debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will coincide with a rally outside Parliament organised by equality campaigners.
Bishop of Salisbury: Opponents of equal marriage similar to supporters of ‘slavery and apartheid’ 29
11:29 AM — The Bishop of Salisbury has likened opponents of equal marriage to Christians who used the Bible to justify slavery and apartheid
29th May 2013
Brighton: Terrence Higgins Trust launches drug and addiction support group 6
7:13 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a support group in Brighton for gay and bisexual men who feel drug or alcohol use is badly affecting their lives.
US: Michele Bachmann will not seek re-election to Congress 27
7:02 PM — Anti-gay Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she will not run for another term in the US House of Representatives.