7th June 2013
US: Illinois delayed vote on equal marriage a ‘stunning victory’, say opponents 11
9:39 PM — Opponents to equal marriage in the US state of Illinois have celebrated the fact that the bill to legalise same-sex unions never went to a vote a week ago.
Poll: Large majority in US believe equal marriage should be decided on state level 18
2:47 PM — With the US Supreme Court expected to give a decision in two landmark cases this month, a large majority of US citizens believe that equal marriage laws should be decided on state level, rather than the federal government.
Labour Lord Alli: We won the equal marriage vote but there is still a long way to go 26
2:40 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour peer Lord Alli, the first openly gay peer to be appointed, says he was stunned by the House of Lords decision to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill with such an overwhelming majority, and has paid tribute to Conservative peer Lord Jenkin for his powerful equal marriage speech.
6th June 2013
Priest causes row by calling Justin Welby a ‘wanker’ on Facebook for equal marriage opposition 56
5:42 PM — An argument has erupted among clergy members in the Church of England, after a priest wrote on Facebook that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, was a "wanker" for continually opposing the Government's attempts to legalise equal marriage.
US: Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage cases expected imminently 20
3:56 PM — The US Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases surround equal marriage, in the next three weeks, potentially making a groundbreaking ruling for equal marriage in the state of California, and the whole of the US.
Poll: 57% of people in Northern Ireland now support equal marriage 13
2:15 PM — A new poll has found that a majority of Northern Irish people now support the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married.
Australia: Greens MP accuses Government of delaying vote on equal marriage bill 10
1:45 AM — A Green Party MP in Australia has accused the Labor Party of delaying a vote on a private members bill to legalise equal marriage.
5th June 2013
Church of England officially gives up the fight against same-sex marriage bill 123
8:38 PM — The Church of England has said that it accepts that there is a clear majority in Parliament to introduce same-sex marriage and that it will therefore end its opposition to changing the law.
Baroness Knight: Gays can’t have children, but are good at antiques 141
1:25 PM — Speaking on the BBC 5 Live Breakfast Show, Baroness Knight, who gave a speech in the House of Lords against equal marriage, and said that gay people are "delightful, very artistic", reiterated her stance against the measure, and that marriage should be primarily for procreation.
This is what equal marriage is all about: Lesbian couple appeal for their son to have ‘married mummies’ 4
11:31 AM — Among the supporters of same-sex marriage outside the Palace of Westminster last night, PinkNews spotted a lesbian couple with their son who are desperate to marry.
Russia: Parliament could move to ban foreign same-sex adoption in a month 3
1:56 AM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, by early July.
Lord Carlile: Marriages like my daughter and her partner will ‘reinvigorate and strengthen marriage’ 6
1:36 AM — Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile of Berriew, spoke during the debate around the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill today, speaking passionately of his daughter and her female partner, and the "stability and certainty" they have offered each other's children.
Baroness Jenkin: ‘Times have changed and my family would have been ashamed if I opposed equal marriage’ 21
12:36 AM — During the debate around equal marriage in the House of Lords, before peers voted in favour of the bill for England and Wales, Conservative Peer Baroness Jenkin gaven an impassioned speech saying she may not have voted for the bill in the past, but noted the importance of changing times, and changing attitudes.
4th June 2013
Baroness King: I’ve never felt so privileged as I did voting today for equal marriage 8
7:31 PM — Labour peer Baroness Oona King spoke to PinkNews shortly after the vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill in the House of Lords today.
Baroness Barker: The House of Lords showed its spirit, relevance and understanding by voting for equal marriage 12
7:24 PM — Openly gay Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Liz Barker, has told PinkNews that she thinks the House of Lords "showed it's generosity, spirit, relevance and understanding of young people", in rejecting a measure to wreck the equal marriage bill.
House of Lords votes in favour of same-sex marriage bill at second reading 140
6:49 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have voted in favour of the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, with a large majority, following two days of heated debate around the issue.
Photos: Pro and anti-equal marriage rallies at Houses of Parliament 6
6:18 PM — A second day of demonstrations are taking place today outside the House of Lords, both for and against equal marriage, as peers prepared to vote on an amendment which would decide the fate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Peers who spoke on first day of equal marriage debate almost equally divided 5
3:40 PM — Peers who spoke on Monday during the equal marriage debate were almost equally divided on whether they argued in favour or against the bill, with a few unclear speakers blurring the lines.
House of Lords equal marriage debate resumes ahead of vote 2
3:09 PM — Peers have resumed debate around the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords, during its second reading, which will end with a vote on the bill later this evening.
Faeces and threats sent to French mayor who officiated first same-sex wedding 11
3:02 PM — The mayor of the French city Montpellier, who officiated the first same-sex wedding in the country last week, has received threats in the post, including a package of faeces.