12th December 2013
Gay London couple to wed one minute after equal marriage law takes effect 2
5:59 PM — A gay couple in London have announced their intention to marry a minute after the law changes on 29 March 2014, and that they expect to be the first gay couple to marry.
Labour MP Chris Bryant jokes about gay play Tory Boyz in asking about civil partnership conversions 4
4:59 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant today jokingly used a link to a play about gay Conservatives to raise the question of why it is taking the Government possibly up until the end of 2014 to allow conversions from civil partnerships to marriage.
Exclusive: Tory minister Baroness Warsi: I was ‘on the wrong side of history’ on gay rights 79
1:44 PM — Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Warsi has defended her decision to abstain in this summer's House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, adding that she is "still on a journey" when it comes to issues of gay equality.
11th December 2013
Gloria De Piero: ‘Equal marriage marks an historic point in our country’s journey towards equality’ 4
11:49 AM — Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero writes for PinkNews on the announcement of the timetable for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
10th December 2013
Government announces date of first same-sex marriages in England and Wales 33
2:07 PM — The government has finally announced that the first same-sex marriages will be held next March in England and Wales, some time earlier than had been originally expected.
28th November 2013
Church of England recommended to hold same-sex couple blessings 11
11:32 AM — The Church of England has been recommended to perform blessings for same-sex couples as soon as they have had a civil partnership or marriage.
22nd November 2013
Tory MP Peter Bone withdraws bill for referendum on equal marriage 6
3:56 PM — The MP who described equal marriage as “completely nuts” has withdrawn his private member’s bill for a referendum on the issue.
Michael Portillo: David Cameron took an ‘enormous risk’ with equal marriage 6
2:28 PM — Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo says David Cameron took an “enormous risk” with his own party in legalising equal marriage for England and Wales.
19th November 2013
Minister says Tories must ‘shout’ about things like equal marriage to win 2015 majority 6
6:23 PM — The Conservative Party cannot secure a majority unless it wins around new voters by “shouting from the rooftops” about its support for policies such as equal marriage, Minister for Planning Nick Boles has said.
30th October 2013
Peter Tatchell: Stonewall ‘selfish and self-centred’ for not supporting straight civil partnerships 37
4:29 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Stonewall's decision not to support civil partnerships for heterosexual couples as "selfish and self-centred" during an Oxford University radio show.
24th October 2013
Yvette Cooper: It was our job in Parliament to make equal marriage about joy 1
9:26 PM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has paid tribute to her political counterparts after being named Politician of the Year at last night's PinkNews Awards.
Tory MP Mike Freer speaks of delight at winning PinkNews Award 1
6:59 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer says he was thrilled to win Parliamentary Speech of the Year at the PinkNews Awards.
Tory Baroness Stowell: ‘Equal marriage will bring so much happiness’ 9
6:12 PM — Baroness Stowell, the Tory peer who was in charge of guiding the same-sex marriage act through the House of Lords, has spoken of her gratitude at receiving a PinkNews Award.
Exclusive: John Bercow praises Labour, Tories and Lib Dems for supporting equality 2
4:57 PM — John Bercow, the Speaker of the Commons, heaped praise on the current Coalition and previous Labour government for advancing LGBT rights over the past 16 years at last night’s PinkNews Awards.
Exclusive: Nick Clegg thanks British people for being ahead of politicians in supporting equal marriage 1
2:35 PM — At last night's PinkNews Awards, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg paid tribute to the British people in helping the political classes back equal marriage, saying "It shows how change can happy quickly when people work together”.
Exclusive: Maria Miller: The PinkNews Awards marked an historic year for equality 3
11:50 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Maria Miller, Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, speaks of her delight at attending last night’s inaugural PinkNews Awards, and says it was a chance to reflect on a remarkable year.
14th October 2013
UK: Committee to ask minister why pension arrangements remain unequal for gay couples 3
3:49 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb will have to explain why the government is continuing to allow same-sex couples to be treated differently from heterosexuals in a select committee appearance later this month.
8th October 2013
Daily Mail apologises for wrongly stating that David Cameron ‘regretted’ equal marriage 16
4:14 PM — The Daily Mail has apologised for a column written by consultant editor Andrew Pierce that claimed David Cameron told a meeting that he made a "terrible" mistake with his equal marriage policy.
4th October 2013
Vociferous equal marriage opponent Nadine Dorries to stand as deputy speaker 19
4:06 PM — Following the resignation of Nigel Evans, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who rallied against the same-sex marriage act, is to stand in the contest to be Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
3rd October 2013
Number 10 rejects Daily Mail report that David Cameron told activists he regrets equal marriage 14
12:59 PM — Downing Street has denied claims made in the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron told senior Tory activists at a private meeting that he made a “terrible” mistake over equal marriage.