17th July 2013
Edwina Currie: ‘The Queen Mum was always supportive of gay rights’ 28
2:10 PM — Along with praising David Cameron over his leadership on equal marriage, former Conservative MP Edwina Currie has tweeted PinkNews to say the Queen Mother “was always supportive of gay rights.”
Placebo lead singer: ‘If gay people are crazy enough to want to get married, it should be allowed’ 12
2:06 PM — Speaking in celebration of the passing of the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, lead singer of the band Placebo has offered the band's support for a global movement towards the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Peter Tatchell: There are still aspects of discrimination in the equal marriage bill 27
12:48 PM — Peter Tatchell welcomes Parliament's decision to pass the same-sex marriage bill but says in its current structure trans people get a "raw deal".
Maria Miller: Passing equal marriage is a ‘tremendous and historic achievement’ 28
10:46 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has praised the decision of Parliament to pass the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales and says it is a “tremendous achievement.”
16th July 2013
Yvette Cooper: It is time to celebrate equal marriage and I hope we can get on and enjoy all the weddings 5
11:08 PM — Labour's Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Equalities, Yvette Cooper, has expressed her joy at the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which is now on its way to Royal Assent.
Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent 146
9:21 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon will be given Royal Assent to become law.
Tory MP David Burrowes denies last-ditch attempt to ‘frustrate’ equal marriage bill 64
4:21 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has once again been accused of trying to delay implementation of the same-sex marriage bill after he tabled an amendment that seeks to force the government to hold individual public consultations for changes to secondary legislation.
Exclusive: Lorraine Kelly says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage and for all people to be treated equally 12
10:55 AM — Lorraine Kelly has become the latest public figure to speak out on why she supports equal marriage in a message recorded as part of the Equality Network's It’s Time campaign.
15th July 2013
US: California Supreme Court refuses to halt resume of same-sex marriages 12
11:30 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of California has refused to halt the resume of same-sex marriages in the state, following the US Supreme Court's ruling last month, and a petition filed challenging it.
The PinkNews Guide to the history of England and Wales equal marriage 3
6:45 PM — Although we are now drawing to a close for the final decision regarding the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in England and Wales, UK marriage equality has had a longstanding history.
France: Rainbow lights on Eiffel tower for Bastille Day criticised by equal marriage opponents 7
6:14 PM — Bastille Day celebrations at the weekend, which included lighting up the Eiffel Tower in rainbow colours, have come under criticism by opponents to equal marriage in France.
Comment: Now is the time to make history and celebrate the arrival of equal marriage by Nick Clegg 25
5:52 PM — Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reflects back on the journey towards equal marriage since he first pledged to support changing the law on PinkNews.co.uk.
Exclusive Ed Miliband: I am proud that the House of Lords has passed equal marriage 18
4:49 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has praised the House of Lords after it passed the same-sex marriage bill at Third Reading this afternoon and he also thanked PinkNews for its "fantastic campaigning" on equal marriage.
Equal marriage bill passes Third Reading in House of Lords 74
4:22 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords, following a brief and impassioned final debate.
Live Blog: Highlights from the House of Lords Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Third Reading 3
3:18 PM —
Lynne Featherstone: I am just so happy that equal marriage is almost here 3
2:41 PM — Lynne Featherstone, the former equalities minister who was hugely influential in persuading David Cameron and Nick Clegg to legislate for same-sex marriage has said that she is "just so happy" that the law is almost passed.
Equal marriage bill expected to pass Third Reading without a vote 19
2:21 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales is to undergo its Third Reading in the House of Lords today, and as the majority of its most vocal opponents have backed down in the face of its strong support, it may pass through without a vote.
Nick Clegg: I didn’t think my equal marriage pledge to PinkNews could become law so quickly 19
11:57 AM — With the House of Lords about to pass the same-sex marriage bill, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he never thought progress would be made “so quickly” after making his 2010 equal marriage pledge to PinkNews in a question and answer session.
Comment: The part that PinkNews is proud to have played in the equal marriage debate 28
11:48 AM — As the campaign for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales draws to a close, PinkNews will be publishing a series of histories of the debate from a variety of different angles. This history, by PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the role that this publication has played in fighting to change the law. From its initial acceptance of the civil partnerships status quo, through to securing the support of Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Ed Miliband to change the law on marriage and launching the Out4Marriage campaign.
14th July 2013
Catholic MPs targeted over pro-equal marriage votes 30
6:22 PM — Catholic campaigners have pushed for MPs of their faith to be banned from communion if they vote for equal marriage.