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.
Catholic Church: We will continue to oppose the equal marriage bill in the Lords 45
12:59 PM — The Catholic Church says it plans to continue actively opposing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on the grounds of religious “protections” following this week’s vote in the House of Lords.
Labour fear Lord Dear will table a new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 43
10:57 AM — Labour peer Lord Alli believes the equal marriage opponent and crossbench peer Lord Dear is still intent on trying to derail the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – although Lord Dear denies the claims.
6th June 2013
Baroness Knight criticised for her ‘silly’ remarks about gay people and antiques 41
3:46 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised Baroness Knight over her bizarre attempts at platitudes towards the gay community.
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.
5th June 2013
Chief Rabbi abstains in House of Lords equal marriage vote 27
2:16 PM — The Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, abstained in last night’s House of Lords vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Baroness Knight: Gays can’t have children, but are good at antiques 141
1:25 PM — Speaking on the BBC 5 Live Breakfast Show, Baroness Knight, who gave a speech in the House of Lords against equal marriage, and said that gay people are "delightful, very artistic", reiterated her stance against the measure, and that marriage should be primarily for procreation.
Tory Faith Minister Baroness Warsi abstains in equal marriage Lords vote 51
10:39 AM — Having previously indicated she would vote in favour, Baroness Warsi, refused to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in last night’s House of Lords vote.
4th June 2013
Baroness King: I’ve never felt so privileged as I did voting today for equal marriage 8
7:31 PM — Labour peer Baroness Oona King spoke to PinkNews shortly after the vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill in the House of Lords today.
Baroness Barker: The House of Lords showed its spirit, relevance and understanding by voting for equal marriage 12
7:24 PM — Openly gay Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Liz Barker, has told PinkNews that she thinks the House of Lords "showed it's generosity, spirit, relevance and understanding of young people", in rejecting a measure to wreck the equal marriage bill.
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”.
Labour Lord Alli praises David Cameron over his ‘courageous’ support for equal marriage 4
5:02 PM — Labour peer Lord Waheed Alli has paid tribute to Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron over his “courageous” support for equal marriage.
Labour Lord Collins: ‘Passing equal marriage in the Lords will show LGBT people are equal’ 8
3:54 PM — Labour peer Lord Collins has paid tribute to Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron "for being prepared to stand up and be counted" when it comes to supporting equal marriage.
Peers who spoke on first day of equal marriage debate almost equally divided 5
3:40 PM — Peers who spoke on Monday during the equal marriage debate were almost equally divided on whether they argued in favour or against the bill, with a few unclear speakers blurring the lines.
House of Lords equal marriage debate resumes ahead of vote 2
3:09 PM — Peers have resumed debate around the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords, during its second reading, which will end with a vote on the bill later this evening.
Earl of Arran: Equal marriage could lead to a ‘decadent’ Britain that ‘flaunts’ homosexuality 39
2:21 PM — The ninth Earl of Arran, one of the few remaining hereditary peers in the Lords and the owner of a 5,000-acre estate, says he fears for the future of a “decadent” Britain if the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is signed into law.
Lib Dem peer Baroness Barker comes out during equal marriage debate 11
1:15 PM — In yesterday's House of Lords debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Baroness Liz Barker stood to make a speech in which she spoke of her love for another woman - revealing publicly for the first time that she, herself, is in a same-sex relationship.
Lord Hylton: Gay people have stolen the word ‘gay’ and it no longer has a ‘delightful meaning’ 49
1:02 PM — Speaking during yesterday’s second reading debate of the marriage bill Lord Hylton claimed gay people had stolen the word 'gay' from its original meaning.