20th February 2013
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.
Peter Tatchell praises Muslim MPs for supporting equal marriage and blasts anti-gay fatwas 15
5:36 PM — A small number of Islamic clerics, who have been issuing fatwas against the decision of several Muslim MPs to vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill, have been criticised by Peter Tatchell.
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.
Tory Welsh Secretary David Jones responds to gay parenting row 17
3:14 PM — Welsh Secretary David Jones has responded to criticism by Stonewall Cymru over his views on same-sex parents – but reiterates that marriage “should be reserved” for heterosexuals.
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: The moment I came out as gay to my wife was a huge relief 38
9:33 AM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who came out publically as gay in August 2010, has again spoken about the decision in light of last week’s vote by MPs on equal marriage.
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”.
12th February 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes: PinkNews is ‘fomenting abuse’ against equal marriage opponents 92
7:37 PM — Tory MP David Burrows has accused PinkNews of "fomenting hostility" against the opponents of equal marriage.
8th February 2013
Tory MP Peter Luff: I received foul emails and was told to repent after voting for equal marriage 25
3:25 PM — Conservative MP Peter Luff says he received a flood of homophobic letters and emails after voting to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Tory Whip Anne Milton refused to vote on same-sex marriage because she didn’t ‘feel strongly’ about it 40
1:00 PM — Conservative MP and government whip Anne Milton declined to vote this week on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) because “she did not feel "strongly about it".
7th February 2013
Tory Business Minister Michael Fallon: I was wrong to vote against equal marriage — but the Tories now have to unite 28
11:45 AM — Conservative MP and Business Minister Michael Fallon has conceded that he was wrong to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says opponents should accept this week’s decisive Commons verdict.
Tory MP Adam Afriyie: I voted against the same-sex marriage bill because it does not represent true equality 89
10:39 AM — Conservative MP Adam Afriyie, who has recently been seen by some as a future successor to David Cameron, has explained why he voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
5th February 2013
Gay Tory MP Mike Freer: ‘I’m simply asking for equal treatment’ 7
5:12 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has received warm praise on Twitter for delivering a heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality in the House of Commons.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller: Parliament should value people equally in the law and marriage is for everyone 4
3:00 PM — All couples who enter into a lifelong commitment should be able to call their relationship marriage, Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, has told MPs.
Catholic Tory MP Conor Burns: As a gay man I don’t see how I can vote against equality 9
12:34 PM — Conor Burns, the gay Tory MP, who previously expressed his reservations about introducing equal marriage, says he is now inclined to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
4th February 2013
Nadine Dorries: The same-sex marriage bill is ‘political suicide’ and it won’t make gay couples equal 55
3:23 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has written of her opposition to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, claiming that it fails to make same-sex marriage equal to heterosexual marriage in the eyes of the law.
Tory MP Caroline Dinenage: Banning gay couples from marrying ‘takes nothing away from their relationship’ 39
10:55 AM — Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage has told a PinkNews reader that the “state has no right” to redefine its meaning of marriage - she is the daughter of ITV regional news presenter Fred Dinenage.
30th January 2013
UK: 86 MPs vote to change the Equality Act in same-sex marriage amendment debate 32
11:54 AM — A bill proposed by a Conservative MP to amend the Equality Act in order to provide further legal protections for those who disagree with equal marriage has received the support of 86 MPs - but it's unlikely to become law.