3rd June 2013
Former Tory cabinet ministers urge Lords to back equal marriage 8
1:17 PM — Several former Conservative cabinet ministers – including three former health secretaries – have given their firm backing to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in an open letter to The Times.
Baroness Thornton: I am confident the equal marriage bill will be victorious in the Lords 6
11:58 AM — Baroness Thornton, Labour’s Shadow Equalities Minister in the Lords writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why she is confident that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will survive attempts to defeat it by opponents in the Upper House.
Senior Anglican warns equal marriage could force the Queen to break ‘the laws of God’ 58
11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, says introducing equal marriage could force the Queen to break a sovereign promise.
Yvette Cooper: The government needs to remember who the real opponents of equal marriage are 11
10:18 AM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to remember “who the opponents are” of the same-sex marriage bill in the wake of last week’s row about House of Lords timetabling.
31st May 2013
Barnardo’s: House of Lords support for equal marriage ‘will have a positive effect for children’ 8
4:51 PM — Barnardo’s Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie is urging peers in the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couple) Bill.
Baroness Warsi blasted by National Secular Society for failing to ‘steer’ equal marriage in Lords 16
2:42 PM — Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi has been accused by the National Secular Society of refusing to “steer” the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through the Lords.
Lib Dem Baroness Liz Barker: Help us to get equal marriage passed by lobbying a Lord 3
1:08 PM — Baroness Liz Barker writes for PinkNews.co.uk on the need to lobby peers ahead of next week’s second reading House of Lords vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
Tory Minister Helen Grant: Equality will not diminish my marriage, it strengthens the institution 17
12:07 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant writes exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk on why the government remains committed to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 30
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
30th May 2013
Labour says government is ‘lashing out’ at ‘poor handling’ of equal marriage bill 16
7:19 PM — The shadow minister for equalities Kate Green has accused the government of "lashing out at the Labour Party" over the "poor handling of the same-sex marriage bill".
Nigeria bans same-sex marriages with 14-year prison term 33
5:55 PM — A bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with prison terms of up to 14 years has been passed by lawmakers.
UK: Government moves equal marriage House of Lords vote to later next day 21
2:46 PM — Next week’s House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now take place on Tuesday in the daytime after supporters warned voting in the early hours could put the bill at risk.
UK: Equal marriage rally to coincide with House of Lords debate 14
12:28 PM — Monday’s House of Lords second reading debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will coincide with a rally outside Parliament organised by equality campaigners.
Bishop of Salisbury: Opponents of equal marriage similar to supporters of ‘slavery and apartheid’ 29
11:29 AM — The Bishop of Salisbury has likened opponents of equal marriage to Christians who used the Bible to justify slavery and apartheid
Comment: Marriage equality is the mark of a civilised society 15
10:42 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Adrian Tippetts makes an open plea to members of the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in next week's second reading debate.
29th May 2013
Labour fear late night House of Lords vote could threaten equal marriage bill 27
6:21 PM — Shadow equalities minister Baroness Glenys Thornton says David Cameron has been “absolutely brilliant" in his support for equal marriage, but warns a late night vote in the House of Lords next week could put the same-sex marriage bill at risk.
28th May 2013
Scottish equal marriage bill to arrive in Parliament next month 8
4:57 PM — Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill will be introduced in the country’s Parliament next month, the Scottish Government has announced.
US: Catholics told to fast and pray ahead of Supreme Court equal marriage rulings 18
3:59 PM — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on worshippers to fast and pray in the hope that it will help the US Supreme Court to rule against gay equality.
Su Pollard: ‘Equal marriage can only be a good thing for sexual health’ 14
2:15 PM — Comedy entertainer Su Pollard says more needs to be done to encourage young gay men to use condoms and that equal marriage is a key step towards ending stigma and discrimination.
Scottish Lib Dem leader writes equal marriage letter to SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon 5
1:29 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has written to the SNP Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to urge her to press ahead with plans for equal marriage in Scotland.