17th May 2013
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.
Tory MP David Burrowes: I only want a referendum on same-sex marriage so I can defeat the government’s bill 54
4:20 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has justified calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and says he would use it to defeat the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
13th May 2013
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage’ 90
2:04 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says the government’s same-sex marriage bill will take the “sex out of marriage” and wonders whether a sister could marry a sister in order to avoid inheritance tax as part of the reform.
Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Clare Balding in Bafta wins 2
12:10 PM — Gay TV presenters Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Clare Balding all won awards at last night’s Baftas.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
10th May 2013
Lord Carey: The Government has ignored minority churches on same-sex marriage 43
1:40 PM — Lord Carey of Clifton told the House of Lords that the Government has painted opponents of marriage equality as a "strange breed of non-relevant dinosaurs" while ignoring minority ethnic communities.
Conservative peer Baroness O’Cathain: ‘The Government should admit same-sex marriage is a mistake’ 47
12:09 PM — Baroness O'Cathain told the House of Lords that "very little more equality is needed" when laying out her opposition to same-sex marriage.
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."
9th May 2013
UKIP’s Nigel Farage: Lady Thatcher’s ‘open-mindedness’ is responsible for gay tolerance in Britain 74
6:11 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and claims Margaret Thatcher’s “open-mindedness” is responsible for today’s gay tolerance in British society.