9th July 2013
Equal marriage amendment to make those in civil partnerships say vows to ‘convert’ to marriage rejected 12
4:34 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which would have forced couples already in civil partnerships to have a ceremony in order to be legally considered "married", was rejected at Report stage.
Baroness Knight: Registrars opposed to equal marriage are like pacifists during the First World War 39
3:52 PM — Speaking during Report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Baroness Knight compared those opposed to equal marriage to conscientious objectors during the First World War.
US: Lawsuit filed to challenge Pennsylvania state ban on equal marriage
3:15 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a landmark lawsuit in order to push for equal marriage to be recognised in the US state of Pennsylvania.
Professor Lord Winston and Tory minister Baroness Stowell: Children ‘do better’ with gay parents 33
2:28 PM — Two peers in the House of Lords noted research which finds that children raised by gay couples "do better" than children raised by opposite sex couples.
Humanist wedding review amendment included in equal marriage bill 20
2:43 AM — A Government-introduced amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Marriage) Bill to ensure a full review and public consultation on humanist weddings, has been added to the bill.
Tory minister jokes that she is married to George Clooney but that he has gay affairs, in Lords debate 20
1:38 AM — As the nine hours of debate around equal marriage drew to a close in the House of Lords this evening, the peers began to get inventive in using examples of fantasy marriages to George Clooney, in order to give legal definitions of issues such as adultery.
Lord Dear’s amendment to ‘protect’ teachers from being forced to ‘endorse’ equal marriage defeated 22
12:04 AM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have "protected" teachers from being forced to "endorse" equal marriage, has been defeated in a vote in the House of Lords.
8th July 2013
WATCH LIVE: House of Lords continues debate on same-sex marriage 8
9:08 PM — The House of Lords is continuing its debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill
Amendment to allow registrars to opt out of marrying gay couples defeated in Lords 19
7:12 PM — An amendment to allow civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples has been defeated in the House of Lords.
Baroness Williams compares registrars refusing same-sex marriages to those opposing totalitarian regime 54
6:42 PM — Liberal Dem Baroness Williams says civil registrars should be allowed to refuse to provide marriages for same-sex couples in the same as those who opposed totalitarian regimes.
US: Second high-profile Ohio Republican comes out in support of equal marriage 7
5:58 PM — A second high-profile Republican in the US state of Ohio, the former attorney general, has come out in support of equal marriage.
YouGov poll: 59% of Tory activists ‘totally oppose’ equal marriage 12
5:06 PM — A new YouGov poll of more than 800 Conservative Party activists shows 59% totally oppose legislation to allow for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
Tory MP Peter Bone’s equal marriage ‘referendum’ bill to be debated by MPs in November 40
3:46 PM — Tory MP Peter Bone's private member's bill for a referendum on equal marriage will be subjected to a second reading debate by MPs on 29 November 2013.
Live Blog: House of Lords debates Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 1
3:10 PM — Coverage of today's debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) - as part of its report stage in the House of Lords.
6th July 2013
Belfast City Hall celebrates Pride in the only part of the UK where gays will be banned from marrying 19
2:51 PM — The City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was lit up in rainbow colours last night to coincide with the start of Pride, but it will be the only of the UK's capital cities where same-sex couples will be banned from marrying once the law changes in Westminster and Edinburgh.
5th July 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury: Church opposition to equal marriage was ‘overwhelmed’ by equality supporters 74
7:16 PM — Making his first speech to the General Synod of the Church of England as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has admitted that the Church of England's opposition to equal marriage was "utterly overwhelmed" by those who support equality for same-sex couples.
The PinkNews guide to what happens next for the equal marriage bill 24
6:52 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales is set to return to Parliament next week, here's a simple guide to what happens next in the process.
Pope Francis and Benedict XVI united in their opposition to equal marriage 68
2:50 PM — The Vatican has issued an unprecedented religious text co-written by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI in which the two men restate their opposition to equal marriage.
Lord Singh calls for equal marriage referendum in October 29
12:49 PM — Lord Singh of Wimbledon has tabled an amendment to the same-sex marriage bill calling for a referendum on the issue.
Head of civil registrars warns against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying gay couples 12
12:36 PM — The National Panel for Registration has warned Culture Secretary Maria Miller against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples.