26th June 2013
Boris Johnson opens Pride with joke about gay men taking their future husbands ‘up the Arcelor’ 30
6:06 PM — The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, praised the organisers of this weekend’s Pride in London festival on Tuesday evening, and also made a risqué joke about gay men taking their husbands up the "Arcelor" on their wedding day.
Another defeat for equal marriage in Northern Ireland in the Stormont Assembly 36
1:31 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted against recognising the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
Tory MP Mike Freer: Gay people are being short-changed when it comes to pensions equality 8
11:22 AM — Conservative MP Mike Freer says it's wrong that gay couples continue to be treated unequally in the area of survivor's benefits.
24th June 2013
Baroness Deech: If gays can marry, cohabiting sisters should be allowed civil partnerships 110
11:16 PM — The eventual passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, could lead to cohabiting relatives, or carers, being given the same legal status as married couples, the House of Lords has heard.
US: 67 Congress members take part in NOH8 on The Hill III 1
6:57 PM — Ahead of the US Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 ban on equal marriage, the NOH8 Campaign has today released NOH8 portraits for the 67 Members of Congress who took part in its third NOH8 on The Hill event.
Lord Alli withdraws his pensions amendment to the equal marriage bill 26
3:57 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli’s amendment to equalise pension provision for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits has been withdrawn.
Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister enters into civil partnership 3
3:07 PM — The Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister has entered into a civil partnership.
Live blog: Highlights from the House of Lords committee on same-sex marriage 35
3:00 PM — As part of the final day of the committee stage, peers are scrutinising the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and debating amendments.
Nick Clegg: ‘I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building’ 9
1:27 PM — Nick Clegg has spoken of his pride at having the rainbow flag soaring above his office in Whitehall and says “I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building and above parliaments across the world - maybe Russia, Uganda or Yemen.”
Liberty: Pensions inequality remains in marriage bill 9
12:30 PM — The Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, writes on how there remains one obstacle to full marriage equality in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Coalition for Marriage: ‘Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have unfairly dominated the equal marriage debate’ 61
10:58 AM — Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Coalition for Marriage spokesperson Dr Sharon James says Liberal Judaism, the Unitarians and the Quakers have been given “a disproportionate amount of time” in the debate for equal marriage at the expense of “mainstream Christian people”.
Video: Scottish campaign for equal marriage launches ‘It’s Time’ celebrity video campaign 15
12:00 AM — The Scottish Equality Network, the key LGBT group campagining for equal marriage north of the border, has launched a video campaign modelled on the English Out4Marriage campaign to help convince the public and politicians of the need for same-sex marriage.
23rd June 2013
Baroness D’Souza: The vote against Lord Dear’s fatal amendment was a ‘massive defeat’ for him 25
2:11 PM — The Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza, said the vote against Lord Dear's anti-equal marriage bill amendment was a "massive, massive defeat" for him, but warned that further "ping-pong" debate on various issues within the bill would be imminent.
22nd June 2013
Tory MPs write ‘alternative queen’s speech’ urging referendum on equal marriage 80
5:02 PM — Conservative MPs have drawn up an 'alternative queen's speech', including policies to hold a referendum on equal marriage, bring back the death penalty, ban the wearing of burkas in public and to rename a public holiday after Margaret Thatcher.
21st June 2013
Lord Stoddart urges for potential withdrawal from European Court due to equal marriage bill 56
5:58 PM — Former Labour MP Lord Stoddart says the UK must be prepared to leave the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) if it comes into conflict with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.
Tory MP David Burrowes: The equal marriage bill will lead to an ‘adulterer’s charter’ 87
11:24 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has accused the government of creating an “adulterer’s charter” as part of its equal marriage reforms.
20th June 2013
Brighton: Anti-equal marriage ex-Green councillor to debate issue with pro-gay Tory MP 30
7:13 PM — Former Green councillor Christina Summers who resigned from her party in protest at its decision to support equal marriage will debate the issue this evening alongside Conservative MP Simon Kirby.
Tasmanian marriage equality advocates urge state Upper House to revisit equal marriage 4
6:14 PM — Tasmanian marriage equality advocates have called on the state Upper House to revisit same-sex marriage after a bill on the issue was voted down in the Senate this morning.
Tory MP Matthew Offord: Equal marriage ‘is an attack on religion’ 68
5:24 PM — Conservative MP Matthew Offord has compared the equal marriage bill to part of what he sees as an anti-religious campaign.
19th June 2013
Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.