19th March 2014
Woman of first Illinois gay marriage dies aged 65 3
8:01 PM — A woman who was a long time gay rights activist and part of the first same-sex couple to marry in the US state of Illinois, has died.
US: Oregon Attorney General ‘prepared to implement’ gay marriage if a judge rules to allow it 1
7:23 PM — The Attorney General of the US state of Oregon has said she would be "prepared to implement", same-sex marriage, if a judge ruled to strike-down the state's ban.
Comment: Same-sex marriage is almost here but the fight for equality continues 2
6:58 PM — Barrister Martin Downs assess the impact of equality legislation from the removal of Section 28 to the pending arrival of equal marriage, he argues there is still work for LGBT campaigners to do.
US: Tennessee politicians give notice to appeal pro-gay marriage rulings 1
5:52 PM — Politicians in the US state Tennessee have filed notice that they intend to appeal against a ruling that the state must recognise same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
Ex-Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill: ‘10% of gay people are completely opposed to equal marriage’ 72
4:34 PM — Ben Summerskill has said "10% of lesbian and gay people are completely opposed to equal marriage" – in order to justify Stonewall’s previous delay in supporting the measure.
Nigel Farage appears to U-turn again on same-sex marriage 54
12:39 PM — UKIP seemed to have found itself in a bit of a pickle this week, as an apparent breakdown in internal communication led to seemingly unapproved words from Nigel Farage being sent out to the media.
Tony Blair: With hindsight maybe I should have gone for equal marriage and not just civil partnerships 37
11:01 AM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has questioned whether it might have been possible to have achieved marriage equality during his time in office.
18th March 2014
Romania: Same-sex partnerships bill unanimously rejected by parliament committee 66
9:13 PM — A bill which would have legalised same-sex civil partnerships has been unanimously rejected by a parliamentary committee in Romania.
Tory and Lib Dem politicians react with ‘scepticism’ to UKIP gay marriage ‘u-turn’ 10
4:43 PM — Liberal Democrat and Conservative politicians have reacted with scepticism at the announcement by Nigel Farage that UKIP will not seek to overturn same-sex marriage.
Lynne Featherstone: Former Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill ‘couldn’t be more wrong’ 7
4:18 PM — Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone, previously an equalities minister, writes of her disappointment at Ben Summerskill’s decision to question her party’s motives in supporting equal marriage.
US: Judge expected to rule imminently in gay marriage ban challenge 3
4:13 PM — Gay marriage advocates in the US state of Michigan are hopefully anticipating a ruling by a federal judge, which could strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Poll: Over half of people in Japan oppose same-sex marriage 5
2:29 PM — Despite three-quarters of Japanese adults thinking society is unkind to LGBT people, just over half still oppose same-sex marriage.
Faroe Islands: Equal marriage bill voted down 25
2:14 PM — A same-sex marriage bill has been defeated on the Faroe Islands.
Nigel Farage confirms that UKIP will not campaign to abolish same-sex marriage 58
12:26 PM — In January, we invited PinkNews readers to submit their questions to UKIP leader Nigel Farage. The overwhelming subject mentioned was whether he would get rid of existing same-sex marriages.
17th March 2014
Michael Cashman MEP: Ben Summerskill’s attack on Lib Dems undermines Stonewall’s founding principles 3
3:01 PM — Labour MEP and Stonewall co-founder Michael Cashman, has criticised the leading gay rights organisation's former chief executive Ben Summerskill for attacking the Lib Dems' support for same-sex marriage.
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: Ben Summerskill tried to ‘rewrite history’ with attack on Lib Dems 5
2:10 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert has joined those who have condemned former Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill for suggesting that the party was "cynical and opportunistic" in its support for same-sex marriage.
Nick Clegg is ‘sad and disappointed’ ex-Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill is trying to divide LGBT community 21
12:37 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has criticised the former chief executive of Stonewall for saying the Liberal Democrats were “opportunistic” in supporting equal marriage.
16th March 2014
Comment: Stonewall should distance itself from Ben Summerskill’s Lib Dem equal marriage comments 16
2:37 PM — Lib Dem councillor Mathew Hulbert reacts to comments by former Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill, to defend his party's support for same-sex marriage, and urge Stonewall to distance itself from the comments.
Former Lib Dem MP Evan Harris refutes Ben Summerskill’s claim of ‘cynical’ support of equal marriage 4
12:49 PM — Former Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, has launched back at Ben Summerskill for accusing him of political opportunism over equal marriage, saying he outright misquoted him to support his own politically partisan agenda.
Outrage as Ben Summerskill claims Lib Dems cynically and opportunistically supported equal marriage 54
9:53 AM — Former Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill has launched an extraordinary attack on the Liberal Democrats, accusing the party of supporting same-sex marriage in a "cynical and opportunistic way", despite his own u-turn on the issue.