4th February 2013
Iain Dale: An open letter to MPs – marriage belongs to society not just to the Church 6
3:20 PM — The LBC presenter and political commentator Iain Dale has written to every MP to explain to them why they should vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
50 senior local Tories write open letter to support same-sex marriage 12
2:59 PM — A day after 23 present or former local Conservative association chairman or officials wrote to David Cameron to call on him to reject same-sex marriage, more than 50 current senior local Conservatives have written an open letter in support of the policy.
Jeremy Hunt: ‘Religious freedom is not just for straight people’ 9
2:31 PM — Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, spoke out on Sunday in support of the upcoming equal marriage bill, saying that "religious freedom is not just for heterosexuals".
Feature: How the Cabinet will vote in tomorrow’s same-sex marriage bill 17
2:20 PM — Tomorrow's vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will see most of the Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition cabinet coming out in support of same-sex marriage.
David Cameron to defend equal marriage policy amid vociferous Tory revolt 16
1:03 PM — David Cameron will reportedly speak out in favour of equal marriage later this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s first vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, according to the Times.
New Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Marriage is between a man and a woman, and always has been’ 72
11:22 AM — The new Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to use his timely appointment, one day before the first vote on same-sex marriage, to announce his opposition to changes in the law.
Maria Miller: Voting for same-sex marriage will promote stability, responsibility and pride 14
8:49 AM — The Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller has made a final plea to MPs and the public to support the Government's Marriage (Same-sex couples) bill to make same-sex marriage legal.
3rd February 2013
Michael Gove: Marriage will be enhanced by extending it to gay people 8
11:28 PM — Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has offered his support to proposed legislation which would legalise equal marriage, and has re-iterated that teachers would not be disciplined for refusing to "promote" it.
William Hague: We shouldn’t deny a couple marriage because they are of the same-sex 9
11:18 PM — William Hague, the foreign secretary, who as Conservative leader opposed the abolition of Section 28 has confirmed that he will vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
Local Conservative Party chairmen write to David Cameron to plead for a delay on same-sex marriage 38
6:37 PM — 22 current or past chairmen of local Conservative Party Associations have delivered a letter to David Cameron by hand where they plead for him not to go ahead with Tuesday's vote on same-sex marriage.
Iain Dale: Some of the MPs who oppose same-sex marriage are secretly gay 76
4:15 PM — LBC presenter and political commentator, Iain Dale, has sensationally claimed that several MPs who will vote against equal marriage are having secret gay affairs.
2nd February 2013
Tobias Ellwood MP: ‘I cannot support the Government’ on same-sex marriage proposal 79
4:52 PM — Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, Tobias Ellwood, has told a PinkNews reader that despite him being a "progressive Conservative", he can not vote to make same-sex marriage legal.
US: Illinois Senate to vote on equal marriage on Valentine’s Day 5
1:27 AM — The Illinois Senate may pass a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and will vote on it on 14 February.
1st February 2013
Ed Miliband predicts ‘big turnout’ for Labour in support of same-sex marriage vote 32
5:52 PM — Ed Miliband has predicted that the majority of his party's MPs will support equal marriage when it goes to a vote on Tuesday.
‘God-fearing’ Tory Equalities Minister Helen Grant defends same-sex marriage bill 10
3:22 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant has responded to critics of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and pledged her support for it, saying she feels it is "absolutely consistent" with her Christian beliefs and Conservative politics.
UK: Pro-gay Christians urged to pray ahead of same-sex marriage vote 27
2:53 PM — Christians who support equal marriage will hold a Day of Prayer on Sunday ahead of next week’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban 3
2:23 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Indiana has conducted a symbolic wedding for over a dozen gay and lesbian couples in protest to a proposed ban on civil unions and equal marriage.
Polish MP opposes equal marriage because ‘gays are no use whatsoever to society’ 110
1:40 PM — An Member of Parliament for the right-wing Polish opposition party has made homophobic remarks in a speech at a recent debate around the legalisation of equal marriage in the country.
Tory Northamptonshire MP: ‘I support the love of gay couples but it is unacceptable for them to be able to marry’ 58
1:34 PM — The MP for South Northamptonshire has said that she intends to oppose the equal marriage bill in Tuesday's vote because her constituents find the proposal "deeply wrong".
Two-thirds of Tory MPs could refuse to back same-sex marriage bill says MP David Burrowes 27
11:43 AM — As few as one in three Conservative MPs will support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, in next week’s vote, according to Tory MP David Burrowes.