27th May 2013
Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.
NFL player: I have gay relatives, but am ‘not with’ those who support equal marriage 65
5:20 PM — A former teammate of NFL player and equal marriage advocate Chris Kluwe, has spoken out to say that he does not support equal marriage, despite having gay relatives.
France: Violent anti-equal marriage protesters clash with riot police in Paris 63
12:32 AM — At the end of a day of tense, but relatively peaceful anti-equal marriage protests, which saw tens of thousands take to the streets of Paris, riot police have clashed with hundreds of violent demonstrators.
26th May 2013
Peers plan revolt against equal marriage bill as it goes to Lords 93
2:54 PM — Peers in the House of Lords, are planning a final attempt to block the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, as it goes to the House of Lords.
Top Conservative donors threaten to quit party over equal marriage bill 24
2:33 PM — The Conservative Party is facing more turmoil as some of its top donors have threatened to quit the party over issues such as equal marriage.
France: 200,000 expected for anti-equal marriage rally 29
1:21 PM — Hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out today in Paris to protest against the recently signed law, which allows equal marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.
25th May 2013
Labour MP Diana Johnson: It’s now time for Parliament to tackle the issue of gay conversion therapy 36
12:45 PM — With marriage equality on its way, Labour MP Diana Johnson and Tom Stephens both write for PinkNews.co.uk on why ending gay-to-straight conversion therapy should be Parliament’s next priority.
24th May 2013
Nick Clegg: I am proud to fly the rainbow flag at Whitehall, and hope others will be too 17
5:26 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has said he was "proud" to fly the rainbow flag at Whitehall last year for the very first time, and said he hopes other departments will do the same this year.
Tory MP Richard Drax: The equal marriage bill is ‘intolerant legislation’ 42
4:37 PM — Conservative MP Richard Drax has complained of the lack of “tolerance” towards “the millions who believe that ‘marriage’ can only be between a man and a woman.”
French anti-equal marriage leader pulls out of rally for fear of violence 19
2:50 PM — Leader of anti-equal marriage protests, and comedian, Frigide Barjot, has said she has decided not to attend a rally against the recently passed legislation for equal marriage, on Sunday,for fear that protests will turn violent.
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle defends voting against equal marriage 41
11:29 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Gordon Birtwistle has defended voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and has cited opposition from a local mosque.
Question Time: Ian Paisley Jr defends saying he was ‘repulsed’ by gays and lesbians 51
12:51 AM — The DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr was challenged on Question Time about his 2007 interview where he said that he was "repulsed" by gays and lesbians.
US: Nevada Assembly passes resolution to repeal ban on equal marriage 2
12:23 AM — The Nevada Assembly today passed a resolution which could eventually lead to a repeal of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
23rd May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’ 16
4:40 PM — Peter Tatchell has warm praise for Prime Minister David Cameron, for “sticking to his guns” on equal marriage in the face of considerable opposition from his own party
Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote 18
3:23 PM — MP Sarah Newton, also a deputy chair of the Conservative Party, is defending herself from claims she broke a promise to her constituents after abstaining in this week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Sir Gerald Howarth: ‘I should have used ‘militant’ rather than ‘aggressive’ to describe homosexuals 66
2:06 PM — Responding to a letter from a PinkNews.co.uk reader, Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth says he should have used the word “militant” rather than “aggressive” when describing parts of the “homosexuality community.”
Lib Dem MP John Pugh criticised for voting against equal marriage bill — Simon Hughes and Tim Fallon abstained 20
1:04 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh has been criticised for voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – as both Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes, party president Tim Farron and Health Minister Norman Lamb abstained in this week’s vote.
Columnist Richard Godwin: Does Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth ‘dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him?’ 10
10:39 AM — London Evening Standard columnist Richard Godwin jokes Sir Gerald Howarth’s recent comments about the “aggressive homosexual community” maybe because “he really does dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him.”
David Cameron called ‘marriage wrecker’ and warned of ‘long battle’ over equal marriage in House of Lords 49
2:09 AM — Equal marriage opponents have called David Cameron a "marriage wrecker", over equal marriage, and warned that a bill to legalise it will face a "long, protracted battle", in the House of Lords.
22nd May 2013
Seven amusing and shocking things we learned during the equal marriage debate 9
4:08 PM — As the equal marriage bill for England and Wales passed its third reading in the House of Commons yesterday, supporters rejoiced, opponents complained. Some reactions were more bizarre than others.