14th February 2013
Lord Pannick: Forcing churches to perform same-sex weddings would be ‘more difficult than parting the Red Sea’ 17
12:41 PM — A top Blackstone lawyer and peer has given evidence to the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill to the effect that succeeding in a court case against a church that refuses to opt-in to same-sex weddings would be legally impossible.
13th February 2013
Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin 6
7:01 PM — A series of public hearings in Thailand to discuss the possibility of establishing civil partnerships for gay couples has been taking place in Bangkok.
US: Mayor of Atlanta admits that he was ‘wrong’ to oppose equal marriage in the past 4
4:29 PM — The Mayor of Atlanta, who recently announced he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, has said he feels he "was wrong" to have opposed equal marriage in the past, in favour of civil unions.
Illinois Senate prepares for Valentine’s Day equal marriage vote 1
3:56 PM — The Illinois Senate will vote tomorrow - Valentine's Day - on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
Comment: Reflections on speaking out for equal marriage before a committee of MPs tasked with changing the law 27
3:11 PM — PinkNews and Out4Marriage founder Benjamin Cohen, reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage.
Tory MP Henry Smith: MPs who abstained in the same-sex marriage vote are ‘chickens’ 31
2:41 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has described MPs who abstained in last week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as “chickens”.
UK: Conservative councillor Mormon brothers leave party over equal marriage 56
1:36 PM — Two Mormon councillors in Warwickshire, who are also brothers, have quit the Conservative Party over its support for same-sex marriage.
UK: Churches ‘priced out’ of offering civil partnerships due to higher licensing costs 3
11:11 AM — It has been revealed that religious institutions are being charged up to 16 times more for a civil partnership licence than a marriage licence by local councils, preventing many from offering services to same-sex couples.
Associated Press updates its style guide on whether to call married gay couples ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ 24
10:49 AM — Same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships should not be classified as “husband” and “wife” according to the Associated Press’ style guide – unless they already use the terms.
12th February 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes: PinkNews is ‘fomenting abuse’ against equal marriage opponents 92
7:37 PM — Tory MP David Burrows has accused PinkNews of "fomenting hostility" against the opponents of equal marriage.
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.