19th May 2013
Lynne Featherstone: I support opposite-sex civil partnerships but the amendment may be a ‘cynical trap’ 14
7:15 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has said she supports opposite-sex civil partnerships, but is concerned that proposed amendments to the same-sex marriage bill allowing them are being pushed by marriage equality opponents.
Poll: 73% of MPs support civil partnerships amendment to equal marriage bill 13
7:01 PM — A new ComRes survey of 159 MPs, conducted over the past month, has found overwhelming parliamentary support for the amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, championed by Tim Loughton MP, which would extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.
Archbishop of Canterbury endorses Church’s opposition to opposite-sex civil partnerships 23
6:15 PM — In a u-turn on his previous commitment to supporting civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples, Archbishop Justin Welby has endorsed the Church of England's statement opposing them.
Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion 133
11:57 AM — The government is reported to be attempting to compromise with the 150 Tory MPs set to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, by considering amendments giving protection to "conscientious objectors".
Conservative Grassroots warn party to drop equal marriage or ‘change leadership’ 25
10:14 AM — Conservative Party chairs have warned that David Cameron has damaged his own party with the same-sex marriage bill, which is due to be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow.
17th May 2013
National AIDS Trust: ‘Passing equal marriage will help in the fight against the UK’s HIV epidemic’ 5
5:21 PM — The National AIDS Trust is repeating its call to legalise equal marriage “as an important step to challenging the homophobia which fuels the UK's HIV epidemic”.
Downing Street rejects same-sex marriage criticism from Philip Hammond 22
4:14 PM — A spokesman for David Cameron has rejected claims made by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that too much parliamentary time is being spent on equal marriage.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Civil partnership review unnecessary’ 18
1:43 PM — A government review on civil partnerships, which could take place in five years time, is “unnecessary”, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said.
Philip Hammond: ‘No great demand for gay marriage and it’s upsetting vast numbers of people’ 73
10:58 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says Downing Street should not focus its efforts on equal marriage.
16th May 2013
Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples 68
8:48 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says a future government plans to review civil partnerships from 2018 – which could mean possibly extending them to heterosexuals – or abolishing them.
Boy George: ‘I wish David Cameron had put gay marriage in the Queen’s Speech’ 26
4:41 PM — Singer Boy George has expressed his disappointment that the same-sex marriage bill was not included in the Queen’s Speech.
Former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig: ‘Polygamous marriages should be included in the same-sex marriage bill’ 32
12:39 PM — The former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig, believes the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will lead to “new inequalities and discrimination” – and suggests it should include “polygamous marriages” for Muslims and Mormons.
Lib Dem MPs to be given free vote on all aspects of the same-sex marriage bill 11
10:52 AM — Liberal Democrat MPs are to be given a free vote on all aspects of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, it has been revealed.
15th May 2013
Tory Lord True: ‘Relationships should be respected, but I haven’t made up my mind on equal marriage’ 29
6:56 PM — Although Conservative peer Lord Nicholas True has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader “relationships should be respected equally” – he remains unsure about supporting the same-sex marriage bill.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘I’m not anti-gay; I’m just pro-marriage’ 57
1:42 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader he is “pro-marriage and not anti-gay”.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".
14th May 2013
Maria Miller rejects claim by Simon Hughes that equal marriage has been ‘fast tracked’ 44
6:35 PM — Maria Miller, the Minister for Equalities, has rejected a claim made by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats that same-sex marriage is being "fast tracked" through Parliament without the proper consultations.
PinkNews nominated for top online news award 5
6:13 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has been nominated for the Online Media Awards 2013 in the Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism category.
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.