17th December 2012
Exclusive: Labour MPs threaten to resign over same-sex marriage vote 33
10:48 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Labour’s decision to grant its backbenchers a free vote on equal marriage caused a major rift in the shadow cabinet with deputy leader Harriet Harman amongst those calling for the vote to be whipped.
13th December 2012
Lib Dem Chief Whip: I’m happy not to whip my MPs on same-sex marriage 18
12:48 PM — Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael, who is the party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons, says the decision to offer a free vote on marriage equality for his MPs is based on Labour and the Conservatives doing the same.
12th December 2012
LGBT Labour group criticise Ed Miliband for allowing a free vote on same-sex marriage 26
3:28 PM — While welcoming the government's commitment in allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales from 2013, the Labour Party’s affiliated LGBT campaign group have criticised the decision of its leadership to grant Labour MPs a free vote on the plans.
Archbishop of Wales: Banning churches from same-sex marriages is a step too far 64
10:35 AM — The Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan says making it illegal for the Church in Wales to offer marriages for gay couples is a "step too far" and believes the government should reconsider its plans.
11th December 2012
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
Ed Miliband: Entire Labour Shadow Cabinet will vote for same-sex marriage but it will be a free vote 18
7:37 PM — Although he will not be whipping all his MPs to vote for equal marriage, the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband has said that his entire shadow cabinet backs the move.
10th December 2012
Austin Mitchell MP: Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage 78
2:06 PM — Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has tweeted that “Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important” and says Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs to have a conscience vote on the issue.
7th December 2012
Yvette Cooper: Now time for parliament to ‘get on’ with legalising equal marriage 14
5:32 PM — Labour’s Yvette Cooper has welcomed David Cameron's backing for same-sex religious weddings, but has urged the prime minister to ensure parliament "gets on with it".
2nd December 2012
London’s G-A-Y smashes HIV test world record 93
1:08 PM — G-A-Y Bar on London’s Old Compton Street has broken its own Guinness World Record for the highest number of HIV tests to be carried out on World AIDS Day.
1st December 2012
David Cameron: Too many people are infected with HIV without knowing it 58
11:58 AM — David Cameron says more needs to be done to increase HIV testing and has paid tribute to HIV/AIDS care and prevention workers in his annual World AIDS Day message.
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls on UK to ‘stand up for the rights of those in society with HIV’ 4
11:11 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has joined in other political leaders in recording a message to mark World AIDS Day. Unlike his political rivals, Mr Miliband chose not to wear a World AIDS Day ribbon.
8th November 2012
UK: Culture secretary seeks to reduce religious fears over equal marriage 71
12:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government is looking at incorporating additional “locks” in its proposed equal marriage legislation.
22nd October 2012
David Cameron: Hate crime levels are ‘appalling’ 45
1:37 PM — David Cameron has reaffirmed the government’s commitment in tackling homophobic crime and has described the current hate crime statistics for England and Wales as “appalling”.
London: Low turnout for hate crime vigil 32
12:13 PM — Organisers of Saturday’s London Vigil against Hate Crime say they were left disappointed at the low turnout but believe it was still a success.
10th October 2012
Boris Johnson: “Why on earth would we deny marriage to anyone?” 48
2:26 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched another robust defence of the government’s policy on equal marriage.
5th October 2012
Stephen Fry attacks Church ‘extremists’ who oppose marriage equality in @Out4Marriage video 41
12:08 PM — Stephen Fry has called on the government to allow faith groups to provide marriage ceremonies to same-sex couples, in a video for the Out4Marriage campaign.
3rd October 2012
Comment: Some Tories are Gay Get Over It! 190
9:47 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt hits back at the recent criticism of her party.
28th September 2012
UK: Religious equal marriage opponents criticise Ed Miliband 61
10:49 AM — Several Christian organisations that are opposed to gay rights in the UK have criticised Labour leader Ed Miliband’s recent public intervention on equal marriage.
27th September 2012
UK: Labour to make equal marriage a whipped vote 30
4:48 PM — PinkNews.co.uk understands Labour is likely to whip its MPs when it comes to supporting the government’s policy of equal civil marriage rights for gay couples.
Ed Miliband: Gay marriages should be allowed in church 124
12:07 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband adds his support to the Out4Marriage campaign to introduce equal marriage rights for gay couples in the UK, saying Labour believes that churches should be given the right to hold same-sex weddings.