15th May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".
13th May 2013
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage’ 90
2:04 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says the government’s same-sex marriage bill will take the “sex out of marriage” and wonders whether a sister could marry a sister in order to avoid inheritance tax as part of the reform.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
9th May 2013
UKIP’s Nigel Farage: Lady Thatcher’s ‘open-mindedness’ is responsible for gay tolerance in Britain 74
6:11 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and claims Margaret Thatcher’s “open-mindedness” is responsible for today’s gay tolerance in British society.
DUP MP William McCrea: ‘David Cameron has no mandate for his same-sex marriage bill’ 20
1:15 PM — DUP MP Dr William McCrea has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and says “no party has a mandate for that change.
8th May 2013
Gay equality critic Nadine Dorries reinstated as Conservative MP 20
5:47 PM — Equal marriage critic Nadine Dorries has been reinstated as a Conservative MP, having been suspended by the party following her appearance on the TV reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
Gay Israeli MP Nitzan Horowitz to run for mayor of Tel Aviv
11:22 AM — Gay Israeli MP Nitzan Horowitz has formally announced his intention to run for mayor of Tel Aviv.
3rd May 2013
Rhode Island Bishop warns Catholics against attending gay weddings because it may ‘harm their relationship with God’ 60
6:52 PM — The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic Diocese has criticised the state’s decision to legalise equal marriage.
UKIP candidate who said ‘exercise’ in schools can prevent homosexuality fails to win seat in election 75
11:06 AM — UKIP candidate John Sullivan who claimed regular physical exercise in schools can “prevent homosexuality” has failed to be elected as a councillor for Newent in Gloucestershire.
2nd May 2013
Canada: Residents complain at property agent’s decision to distribute homophobic leaflets 18
6:42 PM — A Canadian property agent has been criticised for distributing leaflets that attack same-sex marriage and gay parents.
29th April 2013
Comment: To Australia’s Prime Minister: Follow the lead of your homeland (Wales) & support marriage equality 23
7:00 PM — Murray Lipp, an Australian citizen living in New York and administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA’, discusses Australia’s slow progress towards marriage equality in a comment piece for PinkNews.
Daughter of anti-gay marriage Tory MP makes ‘Misérable Lesbians’ equal rights movie 9
2:04 PM — The daughter of an anti-equal marriage Conservative MP has produced a film in support of gay rights called Misérable Lesbians.
26th April 2013
Caribbean: Anglican bishops warn against equal marriage and ‘redefining’ human sexuality 29
2:52 PM — Anglican leaders meeting on the Caribbean island of Barbados have warned against efforts to bring equal marriage to the region.
Mormon Church: We’re happy with Boy Scouts of America’s gay compromise 14
1:39 PM — The Boy Scouts of America’s decision to suggest lifting the ban on gay youth members, but maintaining a ban on gay adult leaders is a compromise welcomed by the Mormon Church.
US State Department bars Raul Castro’s daughter from visiting Philadelphia to pick up LGBT rights award 15
11:37 AM — The daughter of Cuba’s president is being prevented by the US State Department from visiting Philadelphia in order to pick up an LGBT rights award.
Northern Ireland: Catholic bishops lobby assembly members ahead of equal marriage debate 20
10:48 AM — Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland are writing to assembly members urging them to vote against a motion which would legalise equal marriage.
25th April 2013
George W Bush sidesteps equal marriage discussion in TV interview by saying ‘I’m off the stage’ 17
4:58 PM — Former president George W Bush has refused to discuss equal marriage during a CBS interview.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Lobby the Lords for marriage equality’ 29
12:18 PM — “The biggest uncertainty facing the same-sex marriage bill is how the House of Lords will vote,” Peter Tatchell has warned.
24th April 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats banned from using Berlin Pride float due to equal marriage stance 41
5:58 PM — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats won’t be allowed their normal float at this year's gay pride festival in Berlin.