7th May 2013
William Hague rejects change of direction on equal marriage to tackle UKIP threat 28
2:29 PM — William Hague has rejected the suggestion that the government should change direction on issues such as equal marriage and immigration, to win back voters lost to UKIP in last week's local elections.
Senior Tory Councillor: It is a shame that some voters have gone to UKIP over equal marriage 15
1:40 PM — A senior Conservative county councillor has expressed disappointment at the fact that ballot papers in last week's local elections were spoiled by voters who voiced their opposition to equal marriage.
6th May 2013
Tory MPs urge David Cameron to scrap equal marriage bill over UKIP threat 84
2:02 PM — David Cameron, has been urged to scrap the equal marriage bill, in an effort to attempt to win back voters who chose UKIP over his party in last week's local elections.
5th May 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans will return to the Commons for the State Opening of Parliament
7:36 PM — Nigel Evans, the openly gay Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, will return to Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament next week.
4th May 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault of two men
8:26 PM — It is being reported that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, has been arrested on suspicion of rape of one man and the sexual assault of another.
Norman Tebbit: Ban on straight civil partnerships is discrimination, ban on gay marriage is not 137
11:23 AM — The former Conservative Party chairman Norman (Lord) Tebbit has told a PinkNews reader that the ban on same-sex marriage is not discriminatory, but the current system of not allowing heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership is.
3rd May 2013
UK: Government tells PinkNews no need for Queen’s Speech to mention equal marriage bill 70
7:19 PM — With Parliament already dealing with the issue, there is no need for the Queen to mention same-sex marriage in next week’s speech, a Downing Street source has confirmed to PinkNews.
UKIP candidate who published homophobic and biphobic flyers defeated in Staffordshire contest 22
4:01 PM — UKIP candidate David Nixon, who distributed leaflets claiming legalising same-sex marriage would lead to explicit “Homosexual Sex Education”, has failed to be elected as the councillor for Stone Rural in Staffordshire.
1st May 2013
Coalition for Marriage: David Cameron’s support for equal marriage explains the rise of UKIP 25
4:31 PM — The Coalition for Marriage says David Cameron’s support for equal marriage explains why the Conservatives are expected to perform badly in Thursday’s local elections.
Oxfordshire: Anti-gay marriage activists deliver petition to David Cameron’s constituency office 40
12:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have delivered a postcard petition signed by 288 people to David Cameron’s Witney constituency office in Oxfordshire.
29th April 2013
UK: Ethnic minority church leaders call for same-sex marriage referendum 63
3:12 PM — Leaders representing more than a million British ethnic minority churchgoers have called for a referendum on equal marriage.
26th April 2013
Staffordshire: UKIP election leaflet mocks bisexuals and warns of explicit ‘Homosexual Sex Education’ 224
5:23 PM — The name of a UKIP candidate has appeared on an election leaflet that mocks bisexuals, blasts the government’s same-sex marriage bill, and warns that it will lead to explicit “Homosexual Sex Education”.
18th April 2013
Nick Clegg notes Section 28 in denial of David Cameron’s claim that ‘we are all Thatcherites now’ 14
3:00 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has strongly denied David Cameron's claim that "we are all Thatcherites now", and cited Section 28 as one of the things former prime minister Margaret Thatcher got wrong.
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.
16th April 2013
Ian McKellen: ‘Margaret Thatcher misjudged the future with Section 28′ 23
1:46 PM — Actor Sir Ian McKellen says Margaret Thatcher "misjudged the future" with her support for Section 28.
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.
11th April 2013
Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold: I won’t dance on Thatcher’s grave but she made gay people feel ‘marginalised’ 24
11:59 AM — As a gay woman former BBC Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher is inappropriate, although admits she celebrated her exit from Downing Street in 1990.
9th April 2013
X Factor singer Rylan Clark deletes Margaret Thatcher tweet 21
1:37 PM — X Factor singer Rylan Clark has deleted a tweet in tribute of Margaret Thatcher, after being reminded of her role in introducing Section 28 and her general disdain for gay rights.
1st April 2013
Vice chair of Christians in Parliament urges Lord Carey to focus on global poverty and not on attacking equal marriage 10
3:55 PM — Lord Carey has been criticised for his outspoken attack on David Cameron’s commitment to gay equality by Lord Bates, of Christians in Parliament.
31st March 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury: The Church of England must be ‘graceful’ in equal marriage row 15
4:44 PM — The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has said that the Church of England must remain "graceful" in its internal disagreements around equal marriage.