17th May 2013
William Hague marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 9
11:22 AM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has released a statement of support to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Philip Hammond: ‘No great demand for gay marriage and it’s upsetting vast numbers of people’ 73
10:58 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says Downing Street should not focus its efforts on equal marriage.
15th May 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘I’m not anti-gay; I’m just pro-marriage’ 57
1:42 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader he is “pro-marriage and not anti-gay”.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller to allow military chaplains to opt out of providing same-sex marriages 18
11:12 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, says the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be amended to allow chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities and the armed forces, to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.
13th May 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans’ House of Commons duties put on hold
5:39 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, will not resume his duties in the chamber while police continue to investigate allegations against him.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage’ 90
2:04 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says the government’s same-sex marriage bill will take the “sex out of marriage” and wonders whether a sister could marry a sister in order to avoid inheritance tax as part of the reform.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
7th May 2013
Nigel Evans: ‘I’m overwhelmed’ by the support from my colleagues
5:12 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans says he is "overwhelmed" by the support he has received since being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
UK: Same-sex marriage supporting MPs selected for Queen’s Speech Loyal Address 3
1:21 PM — Two pro-marriage equality MPs have been selected for the Loyal Address during proceedings for tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.
29th April 2013
Daughter of anti-gay marriage Tory MP makes ‘Misérable Lesbians’ equal rights movie 9
2:04 PM — The daughter of an anti-equal marriage Conservative MP has produced a film in support of gay rights called Misérable Lesbians.
25th April 2013
Biography claims Margaret Thatcher thought Edward Heath was gay 36
11:26 AM — Margaret Thatcher thought Edward Heath was gay, a new biography by Charles Moore has claimed.
17th April 2013
UK: Thatcher opponents stage funeral protests 40
12:51 PM — A small group of protesters of Margaret Thatcher’s LGBT legacy have lined the route of the former PM's funeral in central London.
12th April 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas: ‘People in Brighton remember Thatcher’s opposition to gay rights’ 22
5:25 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has cited Margaret Thatcher’s opposition to gay rights as one of the reasons for abstaining from Wednesday’s Commons debate.
1st April 2013
Tory MP Glyn Davies: Same-sex marriage is a ‘bad proposal’ but PM should not change course 24
1:53 PM — Conservative MP Glyn Davies has described same-sex marriage as a “bad proposal”, but says it wouldn’t be sensible for David Cameron to change his mind.
27th February 2013
Tory MOD minister Mark Francois says he’s committed to equality in the armed forces — despite voting against same-sex marriage 8
2:29 PM — Conservative Defence Minister Mark Francois says the government is committed to LGBT equality in the armed forces after it was pointed out only 1 MOD minister voted in favour of the same-sex marriage bill.
22nd February 2013
Ann Widdecombe: Christians against same-sex marriage in Britain should protest on the streets 97
3:31 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has urged Christian opponents of equal marriage to stage street protests and has said: "I am very sad that it is a Conservative-led Government driving this legislation through".
20th February 2013
Registrars should not have to marry gay couples says Tory MP David Burrowes 76
1:07 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes, who last week accused PinkNews of “fomenting hostility” against the opponents of equal marriage, also believes registrars should not have to marry gay couples.
UK: Equalities minister writes to Iain Duncan Smith after HIV positive man left feeling ‘ashamed’ at job centre 65
11:19 AM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant has written to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith after a gay HIV positive man in her Maidstone constituency was left humiliated by staff at a job centre.
18th February 2013
Leader of Plaid Cymru: MPs should not vote against equal marriage simply over the size of their postbag 8
6:30 PM — The leader of Plaid Cymru is not impressed by those MPs who voted against this month’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill simply on the basis of the amount of negative letters they received.