7th June 2013
Labour fear Lord Dear will table a new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 43
10:57 AM — Labour peer Lord Alli believes the equal marriage opponent and crossbench peer Lord Dear is still intent on trying to derail the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – although Lord Dear denies the claims.
6th June 2013
Ann Widdecombe: I wouldn’t have enjoyed serving under David Cameron because of equal marriage 65
8:38 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe says she wouldn’t have enjoyed being in the current Coalition Government because of its support for equal marriage.
Priest causes row by calling Justin Welby a ‘wanker’ on Facebook for equal marriage opposition 56
5:42 PM — An argument has erupted among clergy members in the Church of England, after a priest wrote on Facebook that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, was a "wanker" for continually opposing the Government's attempts to legalise equal marriage.
US: Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage cases expected imminently 20
3:56 PM — The US Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases surround equal marriage, in the next three weeks, potentially making a groundbreaking ruling for equal marriage in the state of California, and the whole of the US.
Baroness Knight criticised for her ‘silly’ remarks about gay people and antiques 41
3:46 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised Baroness Knight over her bizarre attempts at platitudes towards the gay community.
Tory Lord Jenkin: The Lords equal marriage vote was a victory for common decency 51
2:34 PM — Having delivered one of the most powerful and widely read speeches in support of equal marriage during this week’s House of Lords debate, the Conservative peer and former health secretary, Lord Jenkin of Roding, writes exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk.
Poll: 57% of people in Northern Ireland now support equal marriage 13
2:15 PM — A new poll has found that a majority of Northern Irish people now support the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married.
Comment: We must continue to lobby the Lords on equal marriage as the bill still faces hurdles 21
11:32 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Matthew Sephton, chairman of LGBTory, says it's important to remember the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill still faces hurdles in the House of Lords, despite Tuesday’s successful vote.
Australia: Greens MP accuses Government of delaying vote on equal marriage bill 10
1:45 AM — A Green Party MP in Australia has accused the Labor Party of delaying a vote on a private members bill to legalise equal marriage.
5th June 2013
Church of England officially gives up the fight against same-sex marriage bill 123
8:38 PM — The Church of England has said that it accepts that there is a clear majority in Parliament to introduce same-sex marriage and that it will therefore end its opposition to changing the law.
Chief Rabbi abstains in House of Lords equal marriage vote 27
2:16 PM — The Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, abstained in last night’s House of Lords vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Baroness Knight: Gays can’t have children, but are good at antiques 141
1:25 PM — Speaking on the BBC 5 Live Breakfast Show, Baroness Knight, who gave a speech in the House of Lords against equal marriage, and said that gay people are "delightful, very artistic", reiterated her stance against the measure, and that marriage should be primarily for procreation.
This is what equal marriage is all about: Lesbian couple appeal for their son to have ‘married mummies’ 4
11:31 AM — Among the supporters of same-sex marriage outside the Palace of Westminster last night, PinkNews spotted a lesbian couple with their son who are desperate to marry.
Tory Faith Minister Baroness Warsi abstains in equal marriage Lords vote 51
10:39 AM — Having previously indicated she would vote in favour, Baroness Warsi, refused to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in last night’s House of Lords vote.
Russia: Parliament could move to ban foreign same-sex adoption in a month 3
1:56 AM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, by early July.
Lord Carlile: Marriages like my daughter and her partner will ‘reinvigorate and strengthen marriage’ 6
1:36 AM — Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile of Berriew, spoke during the debate around the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill today, speaking passionately of his daughter and her female partner, and the "stability and certainty" they have offered each other's children.
Baroness Jenkin: ‘Times have changed and my family would have been ashamed if I opposed equal marriage’ 21
12:36 AM — During the debate around equal marriage in the House of Lords, before peers voted in favour of the bill for England and Wales, Conservative Peer Baroness Jenkin gaven an impassioned speech saying she may not have voted for the bill in the past, but noted the importance of changing times, and changing attitudes.
4th June 2013
Baroness King: I’ve never felt so privileged as I did voting today for equal marriage 8
7:31 PM — Labour peer Baroness Oona King spoke to PinkNews shortly after the vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill in the House of Lords today.
Baroness Barker: The House of Lords showed its spirit, relevance and understanding by voting for equal marriage 12
7:24 PM — Openly gay Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Liz Barker, has told PinkNews that she thinks the House of Lords "showed it's generosity, spirit, relevance and understanding of young people", in rejecting a measure to wreck the equal marriage bill.
House of Lords votes in favour of same-sex marriage bill at second reading 140
6:49 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have voted in favour of the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, with a large majority, following two days of heated debate around the issue.