17th July 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: If gay people pay the same contributions, their pension rights must be the same 5
7:23 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer raised the issue of pensions inequality during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate and said it was right to settle the discrepancy “whatever the cost”.
Sir Gerald Howarth: The ‘wretched’ equal marriage bill was ‘bulldozed’ through Parliament 73
6:46 PM — Sir Gerald Howarth, who famously warned of “aggressive homosexuals”, could not hide his disappointment whilst speaking in the Commons during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate.
Murdered Cameroonian gay rights activist mentioned during UK Parliament equal marriage debate 2
5:58 PM — The plight of a murdered gay rights activist in Cameroon was raised in the House of Commons during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate by Labour MP Diane Abbott.
Equality Network calls on Scotland to legalise equal marriage following England & Wales Royal Assent 7
3:13 PM — Scottish campaigners have welcomed Royal Assent of the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, and are using it to redouble their efforts to achieve marriage equality in Scotland.
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.”
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
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.
Irish activists welcome decision of UK House of Lords to pass equal marriage bill 25
1:40 PM — Irish campaigners say the decision of the House Lords to pass the equal marriage bill for England and Wales at third reading can hopefully bolster equality efforts in Ireland.
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
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.
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.
12th July 2013
PinkNews exclusive: Scottish Lib Dem leader says ‘It’s Time’ for MSPs to back equal marriage 4
12:39 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie is the latest party leader to speak out in favour of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Video: Christian Concern says ‘Pray4Marriage’ ahead of anti-equal marriage rally 58
11:43 AM — Christian Concern has released a dramatic video urging for opponents of equal marriage to take part in a rally outside Parliament on Monday in order to coincide with the House of Lords’ third reading debate and vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
11th July 2013
George Osborne: Tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships to be in Autumn Statement 11
5:41 PM — Chancellor George Osborne says a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners is likely to be in the Autumn Statement.
PinkNews exclusive: Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland 7
12:40 PM — The leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson has reaffirmed her support for equal marriage in Scotland by saying “it's a matter of love.”
10th July 2013
Geoffrey Howe’s wife Baroness Howe demands government provides equal survivor benefits for gay couples 15
7:24 PM — Baroness Howe of Idlicote has pleaded with the government to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex couples, invoking the spirit of the US Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defence of Marriage Act in her argument.
9th July 2013
Lord West: Gay members of the armed forces suffered ‘degrading treatment’ in the 90s 41
5:01 PM — A former First Sea Lord says he was “shocked and appalled” at the way gay people were once treated in the armed forces.
8th July 2013
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.