28th November 2013
Church of England recommended to hold same-sex couple blessings 11
11:32 AM — The Church of England has been recommended to perform blessings for same-sex couples as soon as they have had a civil partnership or marriage.
25th November 2013
Sir Elton John: I have to get married in order to ‘set an example’ 22
12:36 PM — Sir Elton John says he has to get married to his current civil partner, David Furnish, in order to “set an example” for society.
22nd November 2013
Tory MP Peter Bone withdraws bill for referendum on equal marriage 6
3:56 PM — The MP who described equal marriage as “completely nuts” has withdrawn his private member’s bill for a referendum on the issue.
21st November 2013
Illinois Governor signs equal marriage into law by quoting Abraham Lincoln 9
10:43 AM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed the state's equal marriage bill into law by quoting the words of the 16th President of the United States.
20th November 2013
Matthew d’Ancona: ‘Homophobic dinosaurs in the Tory party are far from being extinct’ 7
2:36 PM — Journalist Matthew d’Ancona says the fact that MP Crispin Blunt was forced to undergo a reselection process because a minority of Tory activists in his constituency had a problem with his sexuality should alarm Tory modernisers.
Scotland prepares for historic parliamentary vote on equal marriage 4
11:23 AM — The Scottish Parliament will later hold a crucial debate and vote on Scotland’s equal marriage legislation.
19th November 2013
Minister says Tories must ‘shout’ about things like equal marriage to win 2015 majority 6
6:23 PM — The Conservative Party cannot secure a majority unless it wins around new voters by “shouting from the rooftops” about its support for policies such as equal marriage, Minister for Planning Nick Boles has said.
Church of England working with Stonewall to combat homophobic bullying 25
1:59 PM — The Church of England has announced it will work with Stonewall to tackle homophobic bullying in its schools.
Scottish education minster: I support civil partnerships but not same-sex marriage 41
12:34 PM — Scotland’s Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, says he will vote against equal marriage in Wednesday’s key vote, saying he favours the “traditional” definition of marriage.
Gay daughter of Dick Cheney tells sister: ‘You’re wrong to oppose equal marriage’ 7
11:06 AM — Former US Vice President Dick Cheney's two daughters are locked in an open and very personal feud over equal marriage.
15th November 2013
Russell Brand: David Cameron is a posh ‘w***er’ who doesn’t worry about gay rights 50
6:54 PM — Comedian Russell Brand has made an expletive-laden rant about David Cameron and George Osborne, dubbing them “posh w***ers” and has suggested they are indifferent to gay rights.
Survey: More than half of UK Catholics under 50 support equal marriage
3:22 PM — More than half of Catholics in the UK aged under 50 now say “same-sex marriage is right” – according to research by YouGov.
12th November 2013
London: Founder of Christian Concern to take part in equal marriage debate 65
3:54 PM — The founder of Christian Concern, who has previously blasted the “militant homosexual lobby”, will be debating the arrival of equal marriage in England and Wales at The Law Society in central London this evening.
Scotland: Government rebukes Tory leader and says equal marriage ‘proceeding on schedule’ 4
11:02 AM — The Scottish Government has hit back at claims that legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because of the Scottish National Party’s pro-independence campaign.
11th November 2013
John Major: Gay marriage has proved ‘toxic’ for the Tories because some like ‘to change slowly’ 45
6:22 PM — Former prime minister Sir John Major says grassroots Tories were right to feel “unsettled” by “bewildering” changes such as equal marriage, but warns there’s “no choice but to deal with this new world."
Exclusive: Scottish Tories claim SNP Govt slow to legalise equal marriage due to referendum 8
3:03 PM — Legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because the SNP government has diverted all resources to its pro-independence campaign, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has claimed.
8th November 2013
Labour peer Lord Alli: David Cameron ‘changed the centre ground’ by legalising equal marriage 8
7:45 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli paid tribute to David Cameron and Tony Blair for their role in progressing LGBT equality in Britain at last night's Stonewall Awards.
Scottish Equal Opportunities Committee approves equal marriage bill 3
4:17 PM — Legislation to introduce equal marriage in Scotland has been backed by a committee looking into the proposals.
Stonewall accused of snubbing Liberal Democrats at awards ceremony 15
1:59 PM — Two senior Liberal Democrat peers have criticised Stonewall for allegedly snubbing their party’s involvement in the campaign for equal marriage, with Lord Rennard saying “the law was passed at Westminster in spite of Stonewall's initial and wrong headed opposition to it.”
Comment: The Scottish Government must end the spousal veto and uphold the rights of trans people 12
12:24 PM — With a committee today endorsing Scotland's equal marriage bill, the Equality Network's Tom French says the challenge is to make sure the legislation fully caters for trans and and intersex people.