21st May 2013
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.
15th May 2013
Tory Lord True: ‘Relationships should be respected, but I haven’t made up my mind on equal marriage’ 29
6:56 PM — Although Conservative peer Lord Nicholas True has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader “relationships should be respected equally” – he remains unsure about supporting the same-sex marriage bill.
12th May 2013
Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill 58
2:21 PM — Christians are being encouraged to attend organised prayer meetings near the Houses of Parliament this month, in order to oppose the equal marriage bill, and to coincide with its third reading.
10th May 2013
Lord Carey: The Government has ignored minority churches on same-sex marriage 43
1:40 PM — Lord Carey of Clifton told the House of Lords that the Government has painted opponents of marriage equality as a "strange breed of non-relevant dinosaurs" while ignoring minority ethnic communities.
Conservative peer Baroness O’Cathain: ‘The Government should admit same-sex marriage is a mistake’ 47
12:09 PM — Baroness O'Cathain told the House of Lords that "very little more equality is needed" when laying out her opposition to same-sex marriage.
Lords bill introduced to pardon gay codebreaker Alan Turing 26
10:37 AM — A private member's bill has been introduced in the House of Lords, which seeks to pardon the gay computer genius Alan Turing, who was prosecuted for gross indecency in 1952, after having a relationship with another man.
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.