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.
Boris Johnson calls on Tories to unite and for the government to ‘get on with legalising equal marriage’ 11
1:50 PM — Boris Johnson has called on the government to get the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill signed into law as soon as possible.
20th May 2013
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert: MPs should vote for Labour amendment to equal marriage bill 3
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Nick Herbert has circulated an email urging MPs to vote in favour of a Manuscript Amendment to the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which would start an immediate consultation on civil partnerships for straight couples.
Labour table civil partnership Manuscript Amendment in order to ‘rescue’ same-sex marriage bill 17
2:49 PM — Labour has launched a bid to protect the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, amid fears that a "wrecking amendment" extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples could stall the legislation.
Yvette Cooper: ‘David Cameron must show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into Tory wrangling’ 4
1:21 PM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, says she hopes “David Cameron will show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into another vortex of bitter Tory wrangling.”
15th May 2013
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘Crisis of masculinity is leading to the normalisation of homophobia’ 21
4:12 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott believes British men are facing a “crisis of masculinity” brought on by economic anxiety, which is contributing to the “normalisation of homophobia”.
8th May 2013
London Evening Standard urges David Cameron to stick with same-sex marriage in order to be a ‘conviction politician’ 19
1:36 PM — In an editorial the London Evening Standard has commented on today’s highly-anticipated absence of the same-sex marriage bill from the Queen's Speech, saying David Cameron “must stick” with the policy in order to be seen as a “conviction politician”.
3rd May 2013
UK: Labour gay couple become council leader and civic mayor in Hartlepool 5
12:03 PM — A gay couple in Hartlepool are making history by becoming the first civil partnership in the country to hold the positions of council leader and civic mayor.
2nd May 2013
UK: Trans woman former councillor hopes to become Brighton MP 7
12:13 PM — Brighton and Hove could return the UK’s first ever openly transgender MP at the next general election.
29th April 2013
UKIP blasted over ‘insulting’ and ‘disturbing’ homophobic, biphobic election leaflet 30
10:53 AM — Labour and the Liberal Democrats’ LGBT groups have criticised UKIP over an election leaflet that mocks bisexuals and attacks same-sex marriage.
26th April 2013
Yvette Cooper: ‘Parliament does not have enough openly gay and lesbian MPs’ 9
6:06 PM — Labour's Yvette Cooper has called on British businesses and the world of politics to do more to celebrate diversity and not merely to “tolerate” LGBT staff.
11th April 2013
Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold: I won’t dance on Thatcher’s grave but she made gay people feel ‘marginalised’ 24
11:59 AM — As a gay woman former BBC Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher is inappropriate, although admits she celebrated her exit from Downing Street in 1990.
10th April 2013
Ed Miliband: Gay people were left ‘stigmatised’ by Margaret Thatcher’s Section 28 20
6:00 PM — Ed Miliband has joined his political rivals in paying tribute to Margaret Thatcher, but says her support for Section 28 caused gay people to be “stigmatised”.
3rd April 2013
Greater London Authority ranked a dismal 278th in Stonewall Equality Index 14
6:06 PM — A Freedom of Information request has revealed the Greater London Authority (GLA) was ranked 278th for this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – falling from second place in 2008.
22nd February 2013
Peter Tatchell recalls: The dirtiest, most violent & homophobic election in Britain 25
5:14 PM — Ahead of Sunday’s 30th anniversary, Peter Tatchell shares his memories of the south London Bermondsey by-election, arguably the “most homophobic” in living memory.
18th February 2013
Labour MP Sadiq Khan receives death threats for supporting same-sex marriage 35
12:07 PM — Britain's most senior Muslim MP has received death threats from some hardline Islamic extremists after voting in favour of equal marriage, earlier this month.
14th February 2013
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather to face two days of protests by Labour for voting against equal marriage 69
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather is to face a weekend of protests by Labour in her north London constituency in response to her decision to vote against the same-sex marriage bill.
8th February 2013
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
7th February 2013
Gordon Brown’s spokesman reveals why he didn’t take part in same-sex marriage vote 25
5:18 PM — A spokesman for Gordon Brown has exclusively explained to PinkNews.co.uk why the Labour MP and former PM was not present in the Commons for Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill).
Labour MP Austin Mitchell: The equal marriage debate was moving — I had to vote for the bill 15
2:20 PM — Labour’s Austin Mitchell was planning to abstain in this week’s equal marriage vote by MPs, but when he heard the emotional speeches of supportive MPs, it changed his mind.