10th May 2013
Conservative Lord Fowler: If Parliament values people equally, it must make same-sex marriage legal 33
10:29 AM — Lord (Norman) Fowler, the former Conservative Health Secretary has told fellow peers that they should support equal marriage because: "Parliament should value people equally in the law, and that enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current inequity."
9th May 2013
Former police chief Lord Dear: Same-sex marriage will provoke backlash against gays 91
10:28 PM — The former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Lord (Geoffrey) Dear, Baron of Willersey in the County of Gloucestershire, has told the House of Lords that introducing same-sex marriage could "create such opposition to homosexuals in general that the climate of tolerance and acceptance in this country that we have all championed and supported and seen flourish over recent years could well be set back by decades."
Methodist peer Lord Griffiths: ‘I support gay rights but not same-sex marriage’ 38
3:21 PM — Methodist minister and Labour peer Lord Leslie Griffiths has revealed that, while he supports civil partnerships, he feels marriage equality doesn't offer gay people anything more than the use of the word "marriage".
Rabbi Baroness Neuberger will vote for marriage equality to hold a ‘Moonie-style mass gay wedding’ 7
2:22 PM — Crossbench peer and rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger has reaffirmed her support for same-sex marriage, stating she is waiting for the day she can hold a "moonie-style mass gay wedding".
25th April 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘Lobby the Lords for marriage equality’ 29
12:18 PM — “The biggest uncertainty facing the same-sex marriage bill is how the House of Lords will vote,” Peter Tatchell has warned.
1st April 2013
Tory MP Glyn Davies: Same-sex marriage is a ‘bad proposal’ but PM should not change course 24
1:53 PM — Conservative MP Glyn Davies has described same-sex marriage as a “bad proposal”, but says it wouldn’t be sensible for David Cameron to change his mind.
27th March 2013
Lord Dear: The same-sex marriage bill could be defeated by peers 80
3:33 PM — The former chief constable of the West Midlands, Lord Dear, has warned of a growing House of Lords rebellion over the same-sex marriage bill.
17th March 2013
Westminster chapel could host equal marriage ceremonies 7
9:39 PM — A chapel within the Palace of Westminster may be changed in order to allow equal marriage ceremonies, as part of a proposal by Labour MP Chris Bryant.
15th March 2013
Peers in House of Lords urge decriminalisation of homosexuality across the Commonwealth 16
3:36 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have called on the British government to push for all Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality following criticism for the Commonwealth charter's "vague" anti-discrimination clause.
14th March 2013
Tory peer Lord True: ‘What happens if we have a lesbian Queen in a gay marriage who conceives using donor sperm?’ 72
1:32 PM — Conservative peer Lord True has suggested the law needs to be changed to prepare for a married lesbian Queen who conceives using donor sperm.
11th February 2013
House of Lords may stage an anti-equal marriage rebellion 29
12:33 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have said that they expect around half of their colleagues to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, potentially creating severe delays in its progress or scuppering it altogether.
6th February 2013
Analysis: What next for the same-sex marriage bill? 24
5:12 PM — With LGBT campaigners celebrating Tuesday’s historic vote by MPs – it’s important to remember that there is still a fair way to go before equal marriage is signed into law for England and Wales.
15th January 2013
Government to remove ban on issuing insults 46
1:52 PM — A Lords amendment proposing to drop "insulting" behaviour from Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which has been used by lawyers to prosecute both homophobic religious preachers and gay rights campaigners, has won government approval.
8th January 2013
Poll: Three quarters of Conservative peers call on government to halt equal marriage 53
11:47 AM — Three quarters of Conservative peers say the government should call a halt to its plans to introduce equal marriage for England and Wales, according to ComRes.
27th December 2012
Government refuses to rule out using Parliament Act to force equal marriage past the House of Lords 55
2:11 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has refused to rule out using the Parliament Act in order for the government to get its planned equal marriage legislation for England and Wales on the statute book, in the event of parliamentary deadlock.
13th December 2012
Peter Tatchell hails House of Lords’ decision to pass insults law amendment 12
2:27 PM — Peter Tatchell has welcomed the House of Lords’ decision to pass an amendment to remove the word "insulting" from Section 5 of the Public Order Act – which in the past has been used by lawyers to prosecute homophobic religious preachers and gay rights activists alike.
17th October 2012
UK: National AIDS Trust criticises government over HIV strategy 57
12:40 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has accused the Department of Health of failing to renew its sexual health and HIV strategy for England, two years after it came to an end.
19th June 2012
Lord Maginnis warns withdrawal of whip over anti-gay comments was ‘a gross mistake’ 24
2:00 PM — Lord Maginnis has described the Ulster Unionist Party's decision to withdraw the party whip from the former MP as a 'gross mistake' and said he should 'examine his position'.
31st August 2011
House of Lords report: UK HIV strategy is ‘woefully inadequate’ 48
11:55 PM — A major report on HIV and AIDS says the government is not doing enough to tackle the issue and that the priority given to prevention efforts is "woefully inadequate".
14th December 2009
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.