20th May 2013
Downing Street will decide tactics for equal marriage bill after vote on straight civil partnership amendment 42
12:51 PM — The Government may withdraw its support for the pending equal marriage bill for England and Wales, if an amendment to allow civil partnerships to straight couples passes.
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: ‘Equal marriage is now a litmus test for David Cameron’ 5
11:48 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a huge test for David Cameron.
Gay Tory MP Crispin Blunt: ‘David Cameron is going through a fire with his colleagues in order to deliver equal marriage’ 5
10:41 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, says David Cameron has shown “fantastic leadership” on equal marriage. The MP also comments on today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, and Philip Hammond’s recent criticism.
19th May 2013
Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion 133
11:57 AM — The government is reported to be attempting to compromise with the 150 Tory MPs set to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, by considering amendments giving protection to "conscientious objectors".
Conservative Grassroots warn party to drop equal marriage or ‘change leadership’ 25
10:14 AM — Conservative Party chairs have warned that David Cameron has damaged his own party with the same-sex marriage bill, which is due to be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow.
17th May 2013
Downing Street rejects same-sex marriage criticism from Philip Hammond 22
4:14 PM — A spokesman for David Cameron has rejected claims made by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that too much parliamentary time is being spent on equal marriage.
16th May 2013
Boy George: ‘I wish David Cameron had put gay marriage in the Queen’s Speech’ 26
4:41 PM — Singer Boy George has expressed his disappointment that the same-sex marriage bill was not included in the Queen’s Speech.
15th May 2013
Shops near David Cameron’s office complain of lost takings due to anti-gay marriage protests 17
1:58 PM — Retailers close to David Cameron's constituency office have claimed that their takings are down due to anti-gay marriage protestors.
14th May 2013
PinkNews nominated for top online news award 5
6:13 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has been nominated for the Online Media Awards 2013 in the Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism category.
9th May 2013
DUP MP William McCrea: ‘David Cameron has no mandate for his same-sex marriage bill’ 20
1:15 PM — DUP MP Dr William McCrea has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and says “no party has a mandate for that change.
8th May 2013
Stephen Williams: Same-sex marriage is a great social reform but I’m waiting for Prince Charming 13
11:04 PM — Stephen Williams, the openly gay Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West has named same-sex marriage as one “great social reforms of this Parliament” in his loyal address welcoming the Queen’s Speech.
Gay equality critic Nadine Dorries reinstated as Conservative MP 20
5:47 PM — Equal marriage critic Nadine Dorries has been reinstated as a Conservative MP, having been suspended by the party following her appearance on the TV reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
7th May 2013
Conservative Home Editor: Scrapping equal marriage bill ‘would leave David Cameron looking weak’ 7
4:14 PM — The Catholic editor of influential Conservative website Conservative Home has said that, despite opposing equal marriage, he does not think that David Cameron should bow to pressure to scrap the bill to legalise it.
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.