24th May 2013
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.
France: Far-right leader pays tribute to anti-gay historian who shot himself dead over equal marriage 23
3:46 PM — Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right Front National (FN), has paid tribute to writer and historian who shot himself dead after denouncing equal marriage and immigration in a blog post.
Tory MP David Burrowes accuses David Lammy of ‘playing the race card’ in equal marriage debate 40
2:04 PM — Ahead of last night’s vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, former Labour minister David Lammy was accused of “playing the race card” by staunch equal marriage critic David Burrowes.
Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland: I would rather be called a ‘s**t’ than a homophobe and the equal marriage bill is flawed 24
1:11 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has released a lengthy statement, defending his record on equality, after he used colourful language at a Labour student in Leeds who accused him of trying to wreck the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill).
Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland brands student a s**t in equal marriage Twitter row 8
12:11 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has used highly colourful language in a row with a student over his actions during the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: I won’t expel members who call gay sex ‘disgusting’ 47
11:18 AM — UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he will not expel UKIP members for voicing "old-fashioned" views about homosexuality, including those who describe it as “disgusting”
David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote 63
9:06 AM — Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has passionately defended his controversial bill to make same-sex marriage legal arguing that it could transform the lives of young LGBT people.
Yvette Cooper: ‘Let us be loud and proud, celebrate, not discriminate, and pass equal marriage’ 2
2:12 AM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper made a speech urging MPs to vote in favour of a bill to allow equal marriage in England and Wales, just before it passed in the House of Commons with an overwhelming majority.
Nick Clegg: Tories need to stop fighting over equal marriage and ‘get back to governing’ 6
1:05 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is today to warn David Cameron and the Conservative party that it must "get back to governing", and stop infighting over equal marriage, and the EU.
Diane Abbott: ‘Momentous’ equal marriage bill will improve the lives of so many 8
12:47 AM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott made an impassioned speech in the lead up to the vote on the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, following its third reading today, in which she described it as "a momentous piece of legislation".
21st May 2013
MPs who voted against the third reading of the equal marriage bill 52
10:27 PM — 128 Conservative MPs voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as part of its third reading on Tuesday evening – along with 14 MPs from Labour and 4 Lib Dems.
Maria Miller: The time for equal marriage has finally come 12
7:59 PM — In her address to the Commons, shortly before MPs passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller said “now is the time” for equal marriage.