12th February 2013
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.
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.
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
Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury warns that equal marriage supporters are ‘on wrong side of eternity’ 33
12:42 PM — The Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury has once again preached an attack on the government's equal marriage bill, less than a week after the bill was supported by MPs in the House of Commons.
House of Lords may stage an anti-equal marriage rebellion 29
12:33 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have said that they expect around half of their colleagues to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, potentially creating severe delays in its progress or scuppering it altogether.
10th February 2013
Senior Tory town councillor quits over equal marriage vote 16
11:57 PM — A senior Conservative Party town councillor has quit the party because of his opposition to equal marriage, a bill to legalise which was resoundingly accepted at second reading by a large majority in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Tory MP: Same-sex marriage will damage youth who will grow out of a ‘normal gay phase’ 69
2:56 PM — Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Sir John Stanley, has claimed that homosexuality is a 'normal phase' for youngsters before become heterosexual in later life.
8th February 2013
UKIP leader Nigel Farage blames European Commission report for David Cameron’s same-sex marriage bill 121
6:55 PM — UKIP have claimed that an EU report is sparking the push for equal marriage in Britain and France.
Tory Eastleigh by-election candidate denies making homophobic slur — but confirms she’s against equality 48
5:12 PM — The Conservative Party’s candidate for this month’s Eastleigh by-election denies saying Labour did more for “immigrants, the gays, the bloody foxes” than children with special needs.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Boris Johnson’s support for equal marriage was a game changer’ 18
4:49 PM — Peter Tatchell has emphasised what he calls the game-changing decision of London Mayor Boris Johnson to support David Cameron's equal marriage reform.
Tory MP Peter Luff: I received foul emails and was told to repent after voting for equal marriage 25
3:25 PM — Conservative MP Peter Luff says he received a flood of homophobic letters and emails after voting to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Australia: Anti-gay politician attempts to defend pro-marriage equality candidate from expulsion 11
2:44 PM — Bob Katter of Katter's Australian Party has stepped in to save senate candidate Steven Bailey after he made pro-equal marriage comments. The KAP has recently faced a backlash against homophobic comments made by its members.
Tory Whip Anne Milton refused to vote on same-sex marriage because she didn’t ‘feel strongly’ about it 40
1:00 PM — Conservative MP and government whip Anne Milton declined to vote this week on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) because “she did not feel "strongly about it".
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
Comment: I am surprised and disappointed at Sarah Teather for voting against marriage equality 42
10:25 AM — Natalie Grazin, a gay Jewish mother in north London, has shared with PinkNews a letter she has written to Liberal Democrat MP and former Children’s minister Sarah Teather, who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, earlier this week.
7th February 2013
US: Campaigners plan to pump $2 million into efforts to legalise equal marriage 6
6:23 PM — In the US, a New York based equal marriage advocacy group has laid out plans to pump funds into several states' legislative battles to legalise equal marriage.
Gordon Brown’s spokesman reveals why he didn’t take part in same-sex marriage vote 25
5:18 PM — A spokesman for Gordon Brown has exclusively explained to PinkNews.co.uk why the Labour MP and former PM was not present in the Commons for Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill).
Labour MP Austin Mitchell: The equal marriage debate was moving — I had to vote for the bill 15
2:20 PM — Labour’s Austin Mitchell was planning to abstain in this week’s equal marriage vote by MPs, but when he heard the emotional speeches of supportive MPs, it changed his mind.
Sweden: Gay couple married in Sweden say their families back home are being harassed 4
1:31 PM — Two Ugandan asylum seekers were reunited in Sweden and married last month, but they say their relatives back home are being harassed over the news of their wedding.