31st January 2013
Wyoming fails to pass domestic partnership rights for gay couples 13
3:59 PM — A bill to extend domestic partnership rights to gay couples in the US state of Wyoming has been defeated.
Poll: 91% of gay people in the UK support equal marriage 27
2:03 PM — A new YouGov poll has found that 91% of gay people support marriage equality.
Philip Hammond admits to raising sibling relationships in same-sex marriage discussion 23
12:54 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has admitted to raising siblings relationships in last week's discussion about equal marriage with students at a university.
30th January 2013
Tory MP Anne Milton furious as anti-gay marriage group uses photo without permission 28
10:54 AM — The main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used another Conservative MP’s photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.
29th January 2013
Tory rebel says same-sex marriage bill could pass Commons with a majority of 400 16
5:45 PM — Conservative MP Philip Davies, who opposes equal marriage, has told a PinkNews reader that he expects the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales to pass with a Commons majority of between 300-400.
Comment: The power of online activism & social media in the fight for LGBT equality 12
1:38 PM — Murray Lipp, administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA,’ discusses his experience in maintaining America’s largest independent national equal marriage page on Facebook.
Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco: Allowing gays to marry ‘is like legalising male breastfeeding’ 139
11:11 AM — Legislating for equal marriage is like legalising male breastfeeding, according to the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone.
28th January 2013
Philip Hammond denies same-sex marriage incest claims 66
10:33 PM — A spokesman for Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has denied claims that he compared same-sex marriage to incest.
UK: Catholics hand out 1 million anti-gay marriage postcards 75
3:09 PM — A million anti-gay marriage postcards were handed out at Catholic masses over the weekend.
Church in Wales hints that one day it may agree to marry gay couples 9
12:50 PM — The Church in Wales has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says the proposals give it scope to consider sanctioning marriages for gay couples in the future.
Church of England: The government has ‘no mandate’ for its same-sex marriage bill 42
11:54 AM — The Church of England has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and has complained that it wasn’t given enough time to study the proposals in full ahead of last week’s announcement.
Exclusive: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond links incest with same-sex marriage 122
11:12 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning incest.
25th January 2013
Comment: The same-sex marriage bill isn’t the end of the journey towards gay rights 53
6:51 PM — Chris Ashford, Reader in Law and Society at the University of Sunderland analyses the Marriage (Same sex Couples) Bill for PinkNews and argues that despite first appearances, it isn't the final piece of the jigsaw to achieving gay equality.
Comment: Religious opponents of equality should follow the Unitarian Church and agree to marry gay couples 21
6:22 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches hopes that other faith groups will follow his organisation's lead and agree to marry gay couples.
Labour MP Steve Reed: The battle for equality is not yet over 7
4:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and Patron of LGBT Labour welcomes the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – but warns “this is no time to rest on our achievements.”
Comment: The Conservative Party has come a long way on gay rights to legislate for equal marriage 70
4:29 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Colm Howard-Lloyd, national policy director of LGBTory says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill shows the Conservative Party is a champion of equality.
Yvette Cooper: I’m glad to be supporting the government’s same-sex marriage bill 10
1:16 PM — Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, has welcomed the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: Today is a landmark moment for LGBT equality 9
11:46 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a cause for celebration.
Government publishes same-sex marriage bill for England & Wales 51
10:48 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been published.
24th January 2013
Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons 86
11:37 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.