6th February 2013
PM: I will ‘listen carefully’ to the idea of allowing civil partnerships for heterosexuals — but I am a ‘marriage man’ 34
12:45 PM — David Cameron says he will “listen carefully” to idea of making civil partnerships open to straight couples – but adds: “I’m a marriage man”.
Russian foreign minister: UK and France’s equal marriage laws will make it harder to adopt Russian children 11
12:12 PM — The UK and France’s plans for equal marriage means that it will be harder for British and French citizens to adopt children from Russia, a Russian Government minister has warned.
Campaigners urge Australia to ‘catch up’ on same-sex marriage and follow Britain’s lead 5
11:45 AM — An equality organisation in Australia has urged the country’s federal government to follow the lead of the UK Government in legalising same-sex marriages.
Ed Miliband celebrates equal marriage vote and says ‘this is a proud day for Britain’ 13
10:55 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has spoken of his delight at last night’s decision of MPs to back same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
5th February 2013
David Cameron reiterates support for marriage equality ahead of key vote 8
6:22 PM — David Cameron says "today is an important day" - as MPs prepare to vote on the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill at 7pm this evening.
Gay Tory MP Mike Freer: ‘I’m simply asking for equal treatment’ 7
5:12 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has received warm praise on Twitter for delivering a heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality in the House of Commons.
Green MP Caroline Lucas: Today is a momentous moment for marriage equality 6
4:00 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has described today’s debate and pending vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) as a historic occasion.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller: Parliament should value people equally in the law and marriage is for everyone 4
3:00 PM — All couples who enter into a lifelong commitment should be able to call their relationship marriage, Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, has told MPs.
Yvette Cooper: Parliament has the chance today to support loving gay couples 7
2:10 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has given a robust defence of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – ahead of this evening’s vote.
Same-sex marriage vote debate begins 5
1:05 PM — MPs are debating the second reading of the government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) - with Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities Maria Miller opening the debate.
Catholic Tory MP Conor Burns: As a gay man I don’t see how I can vote against equality 9
12:34 PM — Conor Burns, the gay Tory MP, who previously expressed his reservations about introducing equal marriage, says he is now inclined to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
Ed Balls: I’m really pleased David Cameron is introducing same-sex marriage and I think it’s brave 10
10:36 AM — Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised Prime Minister David Cameron’s commitment to equal marriage, ahead of today’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
4th February 2013
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley: Most people support same-sex marriage and it’s not a ‘big deal’ 13
6:00 PM — Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley has given a robust defence of David Cameron’s support for same-sex marriage and says the media’s interest in sex has “overblown” the debate.
Vatican official: The Catholic Church is being ‘persecuted’ due to its anti-gay positions 160
4:10 PM — The Vatican's head of doctrine says critics of his faith's anti-gay crusade are conducting a "concerted campaign" to discredit the Catholic Church that is resulting in open attacks against priests.
David Cameron to defend equal marriage policy amid vociferous Tory revolt 16
1:03 PM — David Cameron will reportedly speak out in favour of equal marriage later this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s first vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, according to the Times.
Comment: Thank you Prime Minister for supporting equal marriage, it is going to benefit the trans community 22
12:20 PM — Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, thanking him for supporting equal marriage in the face of heavy opposition from his party.
1st February 2013
UK: Pro-gay Christians urged to pray ahead of same-sex marriage vote 27
2:53 PM — Christians who support equal marriage will hold a Day of Prayer on Sunday ahead of next week’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Two-thirds of Tory MPs could refuse to back same-sex marriage bill says MP David Burrowes 27
11:43 AM — As few as one in three Conservative MPs will support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, in next week’s vote, according to Tory MP David Burrowes.
31st January 2013
Idaho: Businessman sues Mother Jones magazine for suggesting he was a violent homophobe 6
6:44 PM — A marketing executive in the US state of Idaho is suing Mother Jones magazine because he contends he was defamed by an article that depicted him as a supporter of anti-gay violence.