17th December 2012
Exclusive: Labour MPs threaten to resign over same-sex marriage vote 33
10:48 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Labour’s decision to grant its backbenchers a free vote on equal marriage caused a major rift in the shadow cabinet with deputy leader Harriet Harman amongst those calling for the vote to be whipped.
11th December 2012
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
Labour to hold a free vote on same-sex marriage 27
11:06 AM — The Labour Party has signalled that it will now allow its MPs to have a free vote on the government’s equal marriage plans despite previously indicating that it would impose a three-line whip.
10th December 2012
Austin Mitchell MP: Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage 78
2:06 PM — Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has tweeted that “Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important” and says Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs to have a conscience vote on the issue.
16th November 2012
Manchester: Defeat for gay Tory candidate 21
10:37 AM — Matthew Sephton, chairman of LGBTory, has been defeated as the Conservative Party candidate in the Manchester Central by-election.
16th October 2012
UK: Labour MP Chris Bryant to introduce ten minute equal marriage bill 63
4:03 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant’s decision to introduce a ten minute rule bill on equal marriage in the House of Commons has been described as the “first shot” in the parliamentary battle for marriage equality.
12th October 2012
Yvette Cooper: ‘Get on with legalising same-sex marriage’ 76
11:41 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says David Cameron needs to “show a bit of backbone” over the issue of equal marriage.
11th October 2012
Comment: ‘Conservatives are the true party of equality’ 53
10:22 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Ben Howlett, the chairman of Conservative Future claims his party now eclipses Labour when it comes to LGBT equality.
10th October 2012
Boris Johnson: “Why on earth would we deny marriage to anyone?” 48
2:26 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched another robust defence of the government’s policy on equal marriage.
9th October 2012
UK: Christian Labour MP changes his mind and backs equal marriage 16
11:54 AM — The Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman has said he now supports equal marriage rights for same-sex couples after previously being “unsure”.
8th October 2012
Comment: It’s vital to lobby MPs over equal marriage 36
1:52 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Matthew Sephton, chairman of LGBTory says it’s vital that the LGBT community continues to press the case for marriage equality among all parliamentarians.
5th October 2012
Stephen Fry attacks Church ‘extremists’ who oppose marriage equality in @Out4Marriage video 41
12:08 PM — Stephen Fry has called on the government to allow faith groups to provide marriage ceremonies to same-sex couples, in a video for the Out4Marriage campaign.
3rd October 2012
Comment: The gay rights debate should avoid political point scoring 28
9:54 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, David Skelton, the deputy director of the influential Policy Exchange think-tank argues that discussion on LGBT issues should avoid descending into “party political tribalism”.
Comment: Some Tories are Gay Get Over It! 190
9:47 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt hits back at the recent criticism of her party.
28th September 2012
Comment: Gay Tories: an oxymoron? 197
4:06 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour Party supporter Alex Glasner compares his party’s LGBT record with the Conservatives – ahead of next week’s Labour Party Conference.
27th September 2012
UK: Labour to make equal marriage a whipped vote 30
4:48 PM — PinkNews.co.uk understands Labour is likely to whip its MPs when it comes to supporting the government’s policy of equal civil marriage rights for gay couples.
Ed Miliband: Gay marriages should be allowed in church 124
12:07 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband adds his support to the Out4Marriage campaign to introduce equal marriage rights for gay couples in the UK, saying Labour believes that churches should be given the right to hold same-sex weddings.
21st September 2012
London: Gay former Tory AM Brian Coleman arrested over assault allegation
4:35 PM — Brian Coleman, the former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, has been arrested on suspicion of common assault.
5th September 2012
Comment: Allan Horsfall was the ‘grandfather’ of the UK’s gay rights movement 6
4:17 PM — Peter Tatchell recalls the contribution of LGBT rights pioneer Allan Horsfall, who passed away last month.
4th September 2012
Dublin City Council votes to support equal marriage 7
10:39 AM — Dublin City Council has passed motions in support of opening up civil marriage to all citizens “regardless” of their sexuality.