27th March 2013
Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people 9
11:55 AM — A survey by YouGov shows British acceptance towards same-sex families continues to increase, although perceived tolerance among churches is far lower.
20th March 2013
John Partridge: I will never return to Eastenders and I’m happy enough with my civil partnership 34
6:08 PM — Former EastEnders star John Partridge has ruled out returning to the BBC 1 soap and says he doesn’t like being asked if he intends to change his civil partnership into a marriage.
15th March 2013
Highland Council: Civil registrars should not be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples 21
5:31 PM — Highland Council has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its proposed equal marriage bill by saying civil registrars should not be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
12th March 2013
US: Colorado House gives final approval to civil unions bill 5
5:14 PM — In its third reading, the Colorado House of Representatives has approved legislation to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples.
4th March 2013
Comment: Those in civil partnerships need to be aware of what happens to wills 41
5:33 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Daniel Monk, a Reader in Law at Birkbeck University of London, says it is important to remember that civil partnerships revoke existing wills – and that gay couples need to be aware of these key legal issues in between preparing for their big day.
1st March 2013
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: ‘David Cameron needs to stop talking about gay marriage’ 65
5:17 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says David Cameron can only win back traditional Tory voters if he stops talking about issues such as same-sex marriage.
19th February 2013
Germany: Gay adoption laws strengthened for civil partners 8
11:37 AM — Germany’s highest court ruled today that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt their partner’s stepchild or adopted child.
18th February 2013
Comment: Sperm donors for same-sex couples need to make sure they have legal protection 1
1:27 PM — In light of a recent High Court case, Jonathan West from Prolegal writes for PinkNews.co.uk on the importance of LGBT people knowing about arrangements governing sperm donation.
15th February 2013
Labour intensify pressure on Welsh Secretary David Jones over gay parenting remarks 28
6:09 PM — Conservative Welsh Secretary David Jones is under renewed pressure to apologise for his controversial remarks about same-sex parenting – with Downing Street now commenting about the row.
Tory MP Sir Roger Gale: My comments against equal marriage had ‘nothing to do with incest’ 24
4:05 PM — Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale says his latest comments against equal marriage had “nothing to do with incest” during a speech against the government’s marriage reforms.
UK: Equality commission says Christian registrars cannot opt out of marrying gay couples 31
1:36 PM — Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing marriages for gay couples, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.
13th February 2013
Tory MP Henry Smith: MPs who abstained in the same-sex marriage vote are ‘chickens’ 31
2:41 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has described MPs who abstained in last week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as “chickens”.
UK: Churches ‘priced out’ of offering civil partnerships due to higher licensing costs 3
11:11 AM — It has been revealed that religious institutions are being charged up to 16 times more for a civil partnership licence than a marriage licence by local councils, preventing many from offering services to same-sex couples.
12th February 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant criticises Culture Secretary Maria Miller for saying marriage is the ‘gold standard’ 35
3:40 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has taken offence after Culture Secretary Maria Miller said marriage was the “gold standard” – with the MP claiming it devalued his own civil partnership.
7th February 2013
Gordon Brown’s spokesman reveals why he didn’t take part in same-sex marriage vote 25
5:18 PM — A spokesman for Gordon Brown has exclusively explained to PinkNews.co.uk why the Labour MP and former PM was not present in the Commons for Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill).
6th February 2013
PM: I will ‘listen carefully’ to the idea of allowing civil partnerships for heterosexuals — but I am a ‘marriage man’ 34
12:45 PM — David Cameron says he will “listen carefully” to idea of making civil partnerships open to straight couples – but adds: “I’m a marriage man”.
5th February 2013
Equalities Minister Helen Grant: Tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples is ‘off the table for now’ 2
11:42 AM — Conservative Equalities Minister Helen Grant says the government will not be offering tax breaks to married and civil partnered couples in next month’s Budget.
4th February 2013
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley: Most people support same-sex marriage and it’s not a ‘big deal’ 13
6:00 PM — Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley has given a robust defence of David Cameron’s support for same-sex marriage and says the media’s interest in sex has “overblown” the debate.
Comment: Thank you Prime Minister for supporting equal marriage, it is going to benefit the trans community 22
12:20 PM — Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, thanking him for supporting equal marriage in the face of heavy opposition from his party.
31st January 2013
Philip Hammond admits to raising sibling relationships in same-sex marriage discussion 23
12:54 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has admitted to raising siblings relationships in last week's discussion about equal marriage with students at a university.