4th June 2013
Gay Tory peer Lord Black: ‘I am a passionate supporter of equal marriage because I believe in family values’ 17
12:24 AM — Lord Black of Brentwood, the first openly gay Conservative peer, gave an impassioned speech today during the House of Lords debate on equal marriage, saying he "passionately" supported the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, saying marriage is "the bedrock of society".
3rd June 2013
Tory Lord Fowler: It would be ‘politically suicidal’ for the Lords to vote against equal marriage 24
7:38 PM — Former Health Secretary Lord Fowler says it would be “politically suicidal” for the House of Lords to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Baroness Royall: I urge my noble friends to support equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — Labour's Leader in the House of Lords, Baroness Royall, says she hopes the Upper House "will be convinced" to vote in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) as part of its second reading.
House of Lords equal marriage debate begins 10
3:12 PM — Peers have begun debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the Lords as part of its second reading.
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.
2nd June 2013
Lord Alli: The Church of England is hypocritical for opposing equal marriage 50
8:58 PM — Lord Waheed Alli, Labour peer and one of just a handful of openly gay Muslim politicians globally, has said he believes many peers who now oppose same-sex marriage will come to regret their views in time.
Archbishop of Canterbury to call for amendments to equal marriage bill 76
5:26 PM — In the upcoming vote on equal marriage legislation in the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury will call for concessions to be made for teachers and faith schools, as the Church of England has reportedly "resigned" itself to same-sex marriage becoming law.
31st May 2013
Barnardo’s: House of Lords support for equal marriage ‘will have a positive effect for children’ 8
4:51 PM — Barnardo’s Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie is urging peers in the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couple) Bill.
Paddy Ashdown: I would vote in favour of equal marriage if I was in the Lords next week 20
3:06 PM — Responding to an email lobbying him to support equal marriage in the House of Lords next week, Paddy Ashdown has said he would support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, but that he is out of the country for the vote.
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.
Lord Carey: ‘Love is not enough’ to justify same-sex marriage 79
11:49 AM — The Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has argued that marriage equality should be opposed on the grounds that allowing marriages based "merely" on love and commitment would also justify polygamous unions and marriages between siblings.
LobbyALord launched to help encourage peers to come Out4Marriage in equal marriage debate 24
3:32 AM — A new website has been launched in order to make it easy for members of the public to lobby peers in the House of Lords ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill.
30th May 2013
Labour says government is ‘lashing out’ at ‘poor handling’ of equal marriage bill 16
7:19 PM — The shadow minister for equalities Kate Green has accused the government of "lashing out at the Labour Party" over the "poor handling of the same-sex marriage bill".
UK: Government moves equal marriage House of Lords vote to later next day 21
2:46 PM — Next week’s House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now take place on Tuesday in the daytime after supporters warned voting in the early hours could put the bill at risk.
UK: Equal marriage rally to coincide with House of Lords debate 14
12:28 PM — Monday’s House of Lords second reading debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will coincide with a rally outside Parliament organised by equality campaigners.
Comment: Marriage equality is the mark of a civilised society 15
10:42 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Adrian Tippetts makes an open plea to members of the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in next week's second reading debate.
29th May 2013
Party Whips accused of threatening an MP’s career over equal marriage opposition 21
6:27 PM — In a letter sent to peers ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, a group of MPs have accused party Whips of threatening the careers of MPs opposed to equal marriage, despite there being a free vote on the Bill in the House of Commons.
Labour fear late night House of Lords vote could threaten equal marriage bill 27
6:21 PM — Shadow equalities minister Baroness Glenys Thornton says David Cameron has been “absolutely brilliant" in his support for equal marriage, but warns a late night vote in the House of Lords next week could put the same-sex marriage bill at risk.