18th July 2013
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.
15th July 2013
The PinkNews Guide to the history of England and Wales equal marriage 3
6:45 PM — Although we are now drawing to a close for the final decision regarding the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in England and Wales, UK marriage equality has had a longstanding history.
Comment: Now is the time to make history and celebrate the arrival of equal marriage by Nick Clegg 25
5:52 PM — Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reflects back on the journey towards equal marriage since he first pledged to support changing the law on PinkNews.co.uk.
Exclusive Ed Miliband: I am proud that the House of Lords has passed equal marriage 18
4:49 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has praised the House of Lords after it passed the same-sex marriage bill at Third Reading this afternoon and he also thanked PinkNews for its "fantastic campaigning" on equal marriage.
Equal marriage bill passes Third Reading in House of Lords 74
4:22 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords, following a brief and impassioned final debate.
Live Blog: Highlights from the House of Lords Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Third Reading 3
3:18 PM —
Lynne Featherstone: I am just so happy that equal marriage is almost here 3
2:41 PM — Lynne Featherstone, the former equalities minister who was hugely influential in persuading David Cameron and Nick Clegg to legislate for same-sex marriage has said that she is "just so happy" that the law is almost passed.