31st May 2013
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.
27th May 2013
Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.
25th May 2013
Labour MP Diana Johnson: It’s now time for Parliament to tackle the issue of gay conversion therapy 36
12:45 PM — With marriage equality on its way, Labour MP Diana Johnson and Tom Stephens both write for PinkNews.co.uk on why ending gay-to-straight conversion therapy should be Parliament’s next priority.
24th May 2013
Tory MP Richard Drax: The equal marriage bill is ‘intolerant legislation’ 42
4:37 PM — Conservative MP Richard Drax has complained of the lack of “tolerance” towards “the millions who believe that ‘marriage’ can only be between a man and a woman.”
23rd May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’ 16
4:40 PM — Peter Tatchell has warm praise for Prime Minister David Cameron, for “sticking to his guns” on equal marriage in the face of considerable opposition from his own party
22nd May 2013
Scottish Lib Dem leader urges Scotland to follow England’s lead on equal marriage 10
4:44 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the Scottish Government to press ahead with plans to introduce equal marriage in light of last night’s vote at Westminster.
Gay Tory MP Stuart Andrew slams Sir Gerald Howarth over his ‘aggressive homosexuality community’ jibe 18
10:46 AM — Stuart Andrew, the gay Conservative MP for Pudsey, has criticised Aldershot MP Sir Gerald Howarth who warned on Monday of an "aggressive homosexuality community".
Diane Abbott: ‘Momentous’ equal marriage bill will improve the lives of so many 8
12:47 AM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott made an impassioned speech in the lead up to the vote on the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, following its third reading today, in which she described it as "a momentous piece of legislation".
21st May 2013
MPs who voted against the third reading of the equal marriage bill 52
10:27 PM — 128 Conservative MPs voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as part of its third reading on Tuesday evening – along with 14 MPs from Labour and 4 Lib Dems.
Maria Miller: The time for equal marriage has finally come 12
7:59 PM — In her address to the Commons, shortly before MPs passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller said “now is the time” for equal marriage.
MPs pass same-sex marriage bill in final third reading 52
7:15 PM — MPs have voted 366 - 161 overwhelmingly in favour of passing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) – in its third reading in the House of Commons.
Norman Tebbit: I quite fancy my brother, why can’t brothers marry each other if gays can 69
12:29 PM — Lord Tebbit has launched a foul-mouthed attack on David Cameron, claiming the prime minister has “fucked things up” over the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill
20th May 2013
Comment: Say no to same-sex bill marriage amendments, Mr Cameron 3
6:33 PM — The amendments to the same-sex marriage bill are demeaning to LGBT people. Resist them and make the opponents to equality explain their true agenda, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.co.uk.
Yvette Cooper: ‘David Cameron must show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into Tory wrangling’ 4
1:21 PM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, says she hopes “David Cameron will show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into another vortex of bitter Tory wrangling.”
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: ‘Equal marriage is now a litmus test for David Cameron’ 5
11:48 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a huge test for David Cameron.
Gay Tory MP Crispin Blunt: ‘David Cameron is going through a fire with his colleagues in order to deliver equal marriage’ 5
10:41 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, says David Cameron has shown “fantastic leadership” on equal marriage. The MP also comments on today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, and Philip Hammond’s recent criticism.
Maria Miller: Civil partnership amendment could delay same-sex marriage bill by two years 26
10:38 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has warned that a proposed backbench amendment on civil partnerships for heterosexuals could dramatically delay implementation of the same-sex marriage bill.
19th May 2013
Poll: 73% of MPs support civil partnerships amendment to equal marriage bill 13
7:01 PM — A new ComRes survey of 159 MPs, conducted over the past month, has found overwhelming parliamentary support for the amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, championed by Tim Loughton MP, which would extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans faces third claim of sexual assault
2:20 PM — A man has alleged that he was sexually assaulted by the deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans. It follows two earlier allegations brought against Mr Evans this month.
Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion 133
11:57 AM — The government is reported to be attempting to compromise with the 150 Tory MPs set to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, by considering amendments giving protection to "conscientious objectors".