31st May 2013
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.
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.
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
David Cameron called ‘marriage wrecker’ and warned of ‘long battle’ over equal marriage in House of Lords 49
2:09 AM — Equal marriage opponents have called David Cameron a "marriage wrecker", over equal marriage, and warned that a bill to legalise it will face a "long, protracted battle", in the House of Lords.
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.
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.
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.
20th May 2013
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.
17th May 2013
National AIDS Trust: ‘Passing equal marriage will help in the fight against the UK’s HIV epidemic’ 5
5:21 PM — The National AIDS Trust is repeating its call to legalise equal marriage “as an important step to challenging the homophobia which fuels the UK's HIV epidemic”.
16th May 2013
New Alan Turing sculpture revealed in London 6
2:17 PM — A new sculpture of gay computer genius and WWII codebreaker Alan Turing has been revealed in Paddington, London, as one of three heroes voted for by local residents.