26th January 2013
Introducing equal marriage in England and Wales to cost the tax payer up to £4.7m 60
1:52 PM — The Government has said that the costs of introducing same-sex marriage in England and Wales will cost between £3.3m and £4.7m. The assessment, promised by the Government during the consultation process, is not as large a figure as some opponents of equal marriage had claimed introducing equality would cost.
Peter Tatchell: The equal marriage bill is commendable, but flawed 135
11:42 AM — Peter Tatchell commends the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, but outlines reasons why the option of civil partnerships for heterosexual couples, to avoid a legal imbalance, should be considered.
25th January 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo: I want to use Super Bowl media for equal marriage awareness 7
5:30 PM — NFL player, and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has said that he wants to use the massive exposure which the Super Bowl brings to speak out about marriage equality.
Labour MP Steve Reed: The battle for equality is not yet over 7
4:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and Patron of LGBT Labour welcomes the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – but warns “this is no time to rest on our achievements.”
Comment: The Conservative Party has come a long way on gay rights to legislate for equal marriage 70
4:29 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Colm Howard-Lloyd, national policy director of LGBTory says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill shows the Conservative Party is a champion of equality.
Comment: As a Rabbi, I’m praying for common sense over the same-sex marriage bill debate 7
2:45 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of the Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism says that he looks forward to being able to marry couples whether they are same-sex or opposite sex. He urges for common sense in the passing of the legislation.
Comment: As Quakers we rejoice at the Government’s bill to make same-sex marriage legal 28
11:08 AM — Paul Parker, the Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain writes for PinkNews on the joy he and his organisation feels now that the the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has been published.
Maria Miller: Teachers won’t be forced to promote same-sex marriage but they must not discriminate or offend 22
9:35 AM — Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities has attempted to dampen fears that teachers could face action for telling children they oppose same-sex marriages.
24th January 2013
Rhode Island’s House of Representatives passes same-sex marriage bill 10
11:30 PM — Rhode Island's House of Representatives has this evening overwhelmingly passed a same-sex marriage equality bill. The final vote was 51 in favour and 19 against.
Politician: I want a tolerant Northern Ireland — but I’m against gay marriage and civil partnerships 53
7:13 PM — Democratic Unionist Party MLA Jonathan Bell says he wants Northern Ireland to be "a tolerant and inclusive society" but claims there are “no grounds to redefine marriage”.
US: Gay civil unions bill passes first vote in Colorado 9
1:57 AM — On Wednesday, a bill to legalise civil unions in the US state of Colorado passed its first vote, bring the state one step closer to allowing same-sex unions.
23rd January 2013
Comment: The boundaries of tolerance 20
7:03 PM — Don't be fooled by the victim narrative of religious lobby groups, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews. In a society of competing ideas, cultures and aspirations, individual liberty is sacrosanct.
US: Colorado could vote on civil unions this week 2
5:56 PM — Colorado lawmakers will soon vote on a measure to allow gay couples civil unions. The measure is expected to pass its first vote.
Scotland: SNP local chair quits over Scottish equal marriage proposals 28
3:41 PM — A Scottish National Party official has resigned after 22 years, and said that one of his reasons for doing so was Alex Salmond's plans to legalise equal marriage.
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal 19
11:37 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh wants to amend the Equality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of a person's definition of marriage, citing the case of a manager fired for saying he was against equal marriage on Facebook.
US: Rhode Island state house committee ‘resoundingly endorses’ equal marriage bill 6
2:50 AM — The US state of Rhode Island was one step closer to legalising equal marriage, after its House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill which would make it legal.
Taiwan: Gay couple withdraw lawsuit against the state for ban on equal marriage 2
2:13 AM — A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, have said they will withdraw their case tomorrow.
Israel: Anti-gay marriage Jewish Home party wins seats in general election 8
12:02 AM — The Jewish Home party (Habayit Hayehudi), is predicted to have won 12 seats, less than was originally expected, in the Israeli general election held on Tuesday. Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to stay on as prime minister of a right-wing coalition.
22nd January 2013
Long-standing Tory local chairman quits over equal marriage ‘attack on family values’ 17
5:39 PM — A long time local chairman for the Conservative party has resigned over the coalition government's efforts to legalise marriage equality, saying the Prime Minster had "lost touch" with his party and attacked "family values".