21st July 2013
Sikh temples told to halt all civil weddings over equal marriage law 60
10:54 AM — Sikh temples have been advised to deregister as venues for civil weddings following the legalisation of same-sex marriage, over fears that they could be legally coerced into marrying same-sex couples.
20th July 2013
FAQ: Why will same-sex marriage be legal only in England and Wales? And other questions 24
3:59 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has many readers across the UK and the world and so we have been sent in many questions relating to the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act this week. Here are some of the questions and the answers.
19th July 2013
Exclusive: Whitehall questions why equal marriage was largely ignored by BBC, Channel 4 and other media 229
5:24 PM — Senior figures close to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have expressed surprise to PinkNews.co.uk that BBC News, Channel 4 News and other media outlets failed to give sufficient coverage of this week’s historic passing of same-sex marriage in Parliament.
Facebook UK adds ‘feeling Pride’ icon following passing of same-sex marriage act 3
12:47 PM — Facebook has rolled out its 'feeling pride' status icon to users in the UK following the passing into law of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act on Wednesday of this week.
18th July 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust: Equal marriage could make ‘life worse’ for gay people in developing countries 29
2:52 PM — LGBT rights charity the Kaleidoscope Trust has warned that gay rights in the West, including the recent Same Sex Marriage Act, could lead to an erosion of LGBT freedoms in the developing world.
Maria Miller: Equal marriage would have made suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst proud 6
12:23 PM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller says that Wednesday's Royal Assent of equal marriage fits a proud tradition of British social reform, including the suffragette campaigns of the women's rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst.
David Cameron explains what equal marriage means to him 10
12:16 PM — The passing of equal marriage for England and Wales cements the UK's position "as the best place in Europe for LGBT equality", Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Exclusive: I am so proud we have had the courage to make love equal by David Cameron 67
11:04 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk and the media partner of our Out4Marriage campaign, the London Evening Standard, the Prime Minister has said that love should not be "divided by law". David Cameron also heaped praise on Out4Marriage and Freedom to Marry, the Conservative equal marriage group founded by Nick Herbert.
17th July 2013
David Cameron: ‘Gay marriage is something I believe we can be proud of as a country’ 58
9:39 PM — This evening, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has Tweeted that same-sex marriage is something that English and Welsh people should be proud of.
Sir Gerald Howarth: The ‘wretched’ equal marriage bill was ‘bulldozed’ through Parliament 73
6:46 PM — Sir Gerald Howarth, who famously warned of “aggressive homosexuals”, could not hide his disappointment whilst speaking in the Commons during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate.
Catholic Church says equal marriage act was ‘rushed through’ Parliamentary process 64
5:51 PM — The Catholic Church has issued a statement commenting on the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act into law, claiming that greater protection for religious groups should have been included.
Equality Network calls on Scotland to legalise equal marriage following England & Wales Royal Assent 7
3:13 PM — Scottish campaigners have welcomed Royal Assent of the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, and are using it to redouble their efforts to achieve marriage equality in Scotland.
Equal marriage bill for England and Wales given Royal Assent and is now law 184
2:18 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales was today given Royal Assent, and is now officially law.
Edwina Currie: ‘The Queen Mum was always supportive of gay rights’ 28
2:10 PM — Along with praising David Cameron over his leadership on equal marriage, former Conservative MP Edwina Currie has tweeted PinkNews to say the Queen Mother “was always supportive of gay rights.”
Peter Tatchell: There are still aspects of discrimination in the equal marriage bill 27
12:48 PM — Peter Tatchell welcomes Parliament's decision to pass the same-sex marriage bill but says in its current structure trans people get a "raw deal".
Maria Miller: Passing equal marriage is a ‘tremendous and historic achievement’ 28
10:46 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has praised the decision of Parliament to pass the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales and says it is a “tremendous achievement.”
16th July 2013
Yvette Cooper: It is time to celebrate equal marriage and I hope we can get on and enjoy all the weddings 5
11:08 PM — Labour's Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Equalities, Yvette Cooper, has expressed her joy at the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which is now on its way to Royal Assent.
Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent 146
9:21 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon will be given Royal Assent to become law.
Tory MP David Burrowes denies last-ditch attempt to ‘frustrate’ equal marriage bill 64
4:21 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has once again been accused of trying to delay implementation of the same-sex marriage bill after he tabled an amendment that seeks to force the government to hold individual public consultations for changes to secondary legislation.
Irish activists welcome decision of UK House of Lords to pass equal marriage bill 25
1:40 PM — Irish campaigners say the decision of the House Lords to pass the equal marriage bill for England and Wales at third reading can hopefully bolster equality efforts in Ireland.