19th June 2013
Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.
Amendments urging for civil registrars to opt out of equal marriage ceremonies withdrawn from bill 10
7:04 PM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill seeking to allow civil registrars to opt out of providing same-sex marriages have been withdrawn.
Humanist weddings and equal marriage pension rights to be debated by peers 9
11:42 AM — Plans for humanist weddings and pension rights for those in same-sex marriages will feature in this afternoon’s House of Lords debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
18th June 2013
Australian Senator Cory Bernardi: ‘I was right to warn that equal marriage could lead to polygamy’ 27
2:10 PM — An Australian senator, who resigned from the opposition’s frontbench after he said that allowing same-sex couples to marry could lead to sanctioning polygamy and even bestiality, says his original comments were correct.
Labour MSP Elaine Smith: ‘I’m against equal marriage but don’t call me homophobic’ 66
12:21 PM — Labour MSP Elaine Smith claims she has been subjected to personal attacks after declaring she will vote against Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill.
Equal marriage opponent Lord Dear withdraws bill amendments 20
11:36 AM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by equal marriage critic Lord Dear were withdrawn last night – although the former Chief Constable has warned he may re-introduce additional measures seeking greater legal protections for opponents at a later stage.
17th June 2013
Lord Hylton anti-equal marriage ‘union’ amendment withdrawn 17
6:26 PM — An amendment by equal marriage opponent Lord Hylton that suggested the word “union” is strong enough to describe the bond between gay couples has now been withdrawn from being included in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lord Dear tells PinkNews reader: ‘I want to improve the equal marriage bill and I’m not homophobic’ 28
5:26 PM — Crossbench peer Lord Dear has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader that it’s wrong to conclude that his concerns on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill means he is homophobic.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams to support anti-equal marriage ‘union’ amendment 72
4:22 PM — Baroness Shirley Williams says she will support an amendment by equal marriage opponent Lord Hylton
Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore: Chief Rabbi wrong not to vote again equal marriage 16
3:35 PM — Former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore has criticised the Chief Rabbi for not voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during this month’s second reading the House of Lords
New ‘Gay Marriage No Thanks’ group launches with ‘ten good reasons’ to oppose equal marriage 118
1:44 PM — A new anti-equal marriage group called ‘Gay Marriage No Thanks', which has former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig as its spokesman, has taken out an advert in The Times.
UK: Government to decide on civil partnerships for heterosexuals by winter 2014 9
12:45 PM — The government has announced its intention to launch a full public consultation in the autumn to kick start a review of the future of civil partnerships, and a final decision will be taken by the winter 2014.
House of Lords to resume debate of equal marriage bill 6
11:46 AM — The House of Lords will resume debate of the government’s same-sex marriage bill this afternoon.
14th June 2013
Church of England to ask gay clergy about their sex life as part of bishop selection process 34
7:20 PM — Candidates being considered to become Anglican bishops will reportedly be asked about their sex life in the wake of last December’s vote by the House of Bishops to allow priests in same-sex unions to be considered for the post of bishop – providing they claim to be celibate.
Committee says UK Government did not consult adequately with the Church in Wales on equal marriage bill 9
11:17 AM — A Welsh Assembly committee report says the UK Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales would have effectively banned the Church in Wales from carrying out marriages for same-sex couples in its original drafting.
13th June 2013
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard: It’s ‘absurd’ to think my hairdresser partner Tim Mathieson is gay 18
3:13 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has criticised a radio host for asking if her partner, Tim Mathieson, is gay during a live interview.
Lord Hylton tables new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 62
2:04 PM — Lord Hylton, the peer who accused gay people of stealing the word ‘gay’ from its original meaning, has tabled a new wrecking amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Tory Lord Mawhinney tables ‘traditional marriage’ amendment for equal marriage bill 62
11:12 AM — Lord Mawhinney has tabled a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, urging for heterosexual marriages to be lawfully described as “traditional marriage”.
12th June 2013
Lord Dear proposes new amendment to equal marriage bill concerning ‘traditional marriage’ 60
4:14 PM — Lord Dear is proposing a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), protecting those who believe marriage is “the union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others.”
New York: Mayoral candidate receives death threats after endorsement from anti-gay group 11
3:26 PM — A New York City mayoral candidate says he's received death threats because of an endorsement from America’s leading anti-equal marriage group.