3rd July 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas tables amendment for equal survivor benefits for gay couples 21
6:41 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has tabled an amendment to the Pensions Bill, which would give equal provision of survivor benefits for same-sex couples.
2nd July 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: The HPV vaccine needs to be extended to protect gay men 20
4:28 PM — Tory MP Mike Freer has announced a campaign to have the HPV vaccination extended to include teenage boys, arguing that the current scheme, which only vaccinates girls, neglects to protect gay men.
24th June 2013
Coalition for Marriage: ‘Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have unfairly dominated the equal marriage debate’ 61
10:58 AM — Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Coalition for Marriage spokesperson Dr Sharon James says Liberal Judaism, the Unitarians and the Quakers have been given “a disproportionate amount of time” in the debate for equal marriage at the expense of “mainstream Christian people”.
19th June 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans: ‘I continue to refute all allegations’
3:55 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, has said he "refutes all allegations" after being arrested on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans re-arrested on new indecent assault allegations
12:10 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, has been arrested on suspicion of three more counts of indecent assault.
18th June 2013
Gay former police officer accuses the Met of ‘institutional racism and homophobia’ 9
4:18 PM — The Metropolitan Police has a policy of “cover-up and containment” that punishes officers who complain of racism and homophobia within its ranks, a gay mixed race ex-police officer has said.
17th June 2013
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.
Maria Miller tables Public Order Act amendment protecting critics of equal marriage 67
11:15 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller will propose that the Public Order Act be amended to protect critics of same-sex marriage in today's House of Lords committee on the same-sex marriage bill.
12th June 2013
Labour’s Clause 20 sex education amendment fails in the Commons 51
12:14 PM — A Labour amendment for mandatory sex and relationship education in schools failed to get the support of enough MPs last night and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson confirmed PSHE would remain a non-statutory subject.
11th June 2013
MPs await Commons debate on sex education amendment 6
3:33 PM — MPs in support of a Labour amendment for more comprehensive sex and relationship education in schools hope they’ll be enough parliamentary time to allow for a debate and vote.
10th June 2013
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen: Equal marriage is the last straw, Cameron has to go 35
5:07 PM — Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen says Prime Minister David Cameron’s championing of equal marriage "has fuelled the rise of UKIP" and he has asked for a no confidence vote.
7th June 2013
Michael Portillo: The Tories are nowhere near as divided on equal marriage as the Churches 21
7:53 PM — In his regular appearance on BBC’s This Week, former Conservative MP Michael Portillo said the real divisions on equal marriage lie not within his old party – but in both the Anglican and Catholic churches.
Labour Lord Alli: We won the equal marriage vote but there is still a long way to go 26
2:40 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour peer Lord Alli, the first openly gay peer to be appointed, says he was stunned by the House of Lords decision to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill with such an overwhelming majority, and has paid tribute to Conservative peer Lord Jenkin for his powerful equal marriage speech.
6th June 2013
Tory Lord Jenkin: The Lords equal marriage vote was a victory for common decency 51
2:34 PM — Having delivered one of the most powerful and widely read speeches in support of equal marriage during this week’s House of Lords debate, the Conservative peer and former health secretary, Lord Jenkin of Roding, writes exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk.
Comment: We must continue to lobby the Lords on equal marriage as the bill still faces hurdles 21
11:32 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Matthew Sephton, chairman of LGBTory, says it's important to remember the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill still faces hurdles in the House of Lords, despite Tuesday’s successful vote.
4th June 2013
Labour Lord Alli: ‘A stunning victory for equal marriage in the Lords’ 13
7:21 PM — Lord Alli has described the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at second reading in the House of Lords as “a stunning victory for equality”.
3rd June 2013
House of Lords equal marriage rally to take place this evening 2
2:09 PM — Supporters of marriage equality will rally outside the House of Lords from 5.30pm.
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.
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
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.