29th May 2013
Party Whips accused of threatening an MP’s career over equal marriage opposition 21
6:27 PM — In a letter sent to peers ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, a group of MPs have accused party Whips of threatening the careers of MPs opposed to equal marriage, despite there being a free vote on the Bill in the House of Commons.
Labour fear late night House of Lords vote could threaten equal marriage bill 27
6:21 PM — Shadow equalities minister Baroness Glenys Thornton says David Cameron has been “absolutely brilliant" in his support for equal marriage, but warns a late night vote in the House of Lords next week could put the same-sex marriage bill at risk.
France: Landmark first same-sex wedding takes place in Montpellier 33
5:12 PM — France's first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the city of Montpellier, with the presence of the world's media, and which was described by the city's mayor as "historic".
France: Media awaits as guests arrive through security for first same-sex wedding 11
4:03 PM — The media are awaiting the beginning of France's first same-sex wedding in Montpellier, which is set to take place in less than an hour, as guests arrive, bags are checked, and security is on high alert.
France: Montpellier on high alert as first same-sex couple get ready to marry 8
1:48 PM — The French city of Montpellier is on high alert for the country's first ever same-sex wedding, which is to take place later today, as supporters gear up for the landmark ceremony, and police are on high alert due to threats against the city's mayor.
Comment: Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks can vote for me to have the freedom to marry the man I love 24
11:10 AM — PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen has written a column for the Jewish News newspaper to urge the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to carefully consider the upcoming House of Lords vote on same-sex marriage.
28th May 2013
UK: Anti-gay Christians lose appeal at European Court of Human Rights 77
5:45 PM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn't work with gay couples, have lost their latest and final anti-discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
France: Francois Hollande accused of introducing equal marriage ‘to satisfy lobby that financed him’ 11
5:31 PM — French President Francois Hollande, has been accused by one of the leaders of the anti-equal marriage campaign, of only introducing equal marriage "to satisfy the lobby that financed him".
Scottish equal marriage bill to arrive in Parliament next month 8
4:57 PM — Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill will be introduced in the country’s Parliament next month, the Scottish Government has announced.
US: Catholics told to fast and pray ahead of Supreme Court equal marriage rulings 18
3:59 PM — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on worshippers to fast and pray in the hope that it will help the US Supreme Court to rule against gay equality.
Su Pollard: ‘Equal marriage can only be a good thing for sexual health’ 14
2:15 PM — Comedy entertainer Su Pollard says more needs to be done to encourage young gay men to use condoms and that equal marriage is a key step towards ending stigma and discrimination.
France: First same-sex wedding to be held in Montpellier 5
2:13 PM — A French couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier tomorrow, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic as the first same-sex ceremony in the country, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage, which was signed into law earlier this month.
Scottish Lib Dem leader writes equal marriage letter to SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon 5
1:29 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has written to the SNP Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to urge her to press ahead with plans for equal marriage in Scotland.
27th May 2013
New Zealand’s ‘gay rainbow’ MP: ‘Be Ye Not Afraid of same-sex marriage’ 7
8:46 PM — Maurice Williamson, the New Zealand MP for Pakuranga whose pro-equal marriage speech went viral, has written an open letter to Australia and the rest of the world in defence of same-sex marriage.
Ian Paisley Jr: Same-sex marriage is a significantly damaging change to society 56
7:10 PM — Ian Paisley Jr told a Christian television channel that same-sex marriage is an "attack on society", adding that he wants to distance himself from his media portrayal as a "hateful person".
Comment: The equal marriage bill is not really about equality at all 80
5:52 PM — Writing for PinkNews, the former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig, expands on a letter he wrote to Lyn Brown MP, denying claims that he said polygamy should be included in the equal marriage bill, but claiming that same-sex marriage does not truly aim for equality.
Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.
NFL player: I have gay relatives, but am ‘not with’ those who support equal marriage 65
5:20 PM — A former teammate of NFL player and equal marriage advocate Chris Kluwe, has spoken out to say that he does not support equal marriage, despite having gay relatives.
France: Violent anti-equal marriage protesters clash with riot police in Paris 63
12:32 AM — At the end of a day of tense, but relatively peaceful anti-equal marriage protests, which saw tens of thousands take to the streets of Paris, riot police have clashed with hundreds of violent demonstrators.
26th May 2013
Peers plan revolt against equal marriage bill as it goes to Lords 93
2:54 PM — Peers in the House of Lords, are planning a final attempt to block the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, as it goes to the House of Lords.