14th February 2013
Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day from @Out4Marriage! #WillYouMarryMe m’Lord? 8
1:04 PM — James-J Walsh, Campaigns Director for Out4Marriage reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage, and details what you can do next in the last stages of the move towards marriage equality.
Lord Pannick: Forcing churches to perform same-sex weddings would be ‘more difficult than parting the Red Sea’ 17
12:41 PM — A top Blackstone lawyer and peer has given evidence to the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill to the effect that succeeding in a court case against a church that refuses to opt-in to same-sex weddings would be legally impossible.
13th February 2013
US: Starbucks denies claims that it fired an employee who was wrongly perceived to be gay 8
10:06 PM — A former Starbucks manager, fired after allegedly being sexually harassed and called gay by fellow employees, is suing Starbucks for unlawful discrimination - but the coffee chain strenuously denies the allegations.
Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin 6
7:01 PM — A series of public hearings in Thailand to discuss the possibility of establishing civil partnerships for gay couples has been taking place in Bangkok.
US: Mayor of Atlanta admits that he was ‘wrong’ to oppose equal marriage in the past 4
4:29 PM — The Mayor of Atlanta, who recently announced he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, has said he feels he "was wrong" to have opposed equal marriage in the past, in favour of civil unions.
Illinois Senate prepares for Valentine’s Day equal marriage vote 1
3:56 PM — The Illinois Senate will vote tomorrow - Valentine's Day - on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
Comment: Reflections on speaking out for equal marriage before a committee of MPs tasked with changing the law 27
3:11 PM — PinkNews and Out4Marriage founder Benjamin Cohen, reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage.
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”.
UK: Conservative councillor Mormon brothers leave party over equal marriage 56
1:36 PM — Two Mormon councillors in Warwickshire, who are also brothers, have quit the Conservative Party over its support for same-sex marriage.
UK: Churches ‘priced out’ of offering civil partnerships due to higher licensing costs 3
11:11 AM — It has been revealed that religious institutions are being charged up to 16 times more for a civil partnership licence than a marriage licence by local councils, preventing many from offering services to same-sex couples.
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.
Michael Gove seeks to reassure Tory equal marriage critics in front of committee 13
7:20 PM — Education Secretary Michael Gove has again sought to reassure critical Conservative MPs that the government’s same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales poses no threat to teachers who disagree with the reform.
Coalition for Marriage: ‘The equal marriage bill is causing a shortage of teachers’ 59
6:01 PM — Whilst giving evidence to the The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons around the equal marriage bill, the Coalition for Marriage blamed potential marriage equality for a shortage of teachers.
Stonewall boss: Civil partnerships haven’t reduced homophobia so we need equal marriage 33
5:19 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall says his charity’s support for equal marriage stems from the failure of civil partnership legalisation to reduce homophobia in British society.
French National Assembly approves equal marriage bill 12
4:20 PM — France took a step closer to legalising equal marriage and adoptions for same sex couples, as its National Assembly approved a bill to do so, during its second reading today.
Labour MP Chris Bryant criticises Culture Secretary Maria Miller for saying marriage is the ‘gold standard’ 35
3:40 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has taken offence after Culture Secretary Maria Miller said marriage was the “gold standard” – with the MP claiming it devalued his own civil partnership.
France: National Assembly expected to pass equal marriage bill 2
3:03 PM — France could take another step closer to legalising marriage equality, as its National Assembly is set to vote on a measure to legalise it this afternoon.
UK: Same-sex marriage bill to face scrutiny from Commons committee by MPs with mixed views on equality 24
1:58 PM — The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons – made up of MPs who both have spoken against and in favour of LGBT equality – begins the task of scrutinising the government’s equal marriage bill this afternoon.
11th February 2013
US: Colorado Senate prepares for final vote on civil unions 2
5:25 PM — The Senate House in the US state of Colorado is preparing for what could be its final vote on a measure to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples.
Update: Cincinnati teacher sacked for refusing to recant statement supporting equal marriage 10
5:06 PM — The Assistant Principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been sacked, for refusing to recant statements he made in support of equal marriage for gay people.