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.
29th May 2013
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.
22nd May 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes accuses David Lammy of ‘playing the race card’ in equal marriage debate 40
2:04 PM — Ahead of last night’s vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, former Labour minister David Lammy was accused of “playing the race card” by staunch equal marriage critic David Burrowes.
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.
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes: ‘I struggled with the issue of sexuality since I was a teenager’ 31
2:24 PM — The Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes, has spoken during the debate around the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, to say that he "struggled with the issue of sexuality", for years.
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.
MPs to debate humanist marriage ceremonies 13
11:00 AM — The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is to receive a third and final Commons reading later today, with MPs set to vote on an amendment concerning humanist marriage ceremonies.
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.
UK: The simple state of play on the same-sex marriage bill and civil partnerships amendments 7
3:06 PM — We have condensed the row and the possible alternatives in relation to straight civil partnerships and how this impacts on the same-sex marriage vote in one article.
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.
Downing Street: Equal marriage is the Prime Minister’s ‘paramount concern’ 13
2:21 PM — David Cameron is in full support of equal marriage, and the matter of whether the Government supports equal marriage is not in question, a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed.
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.”
19th May 2013
Poll: 73% of MPs support civil partnerships amendment to equal marriage bill 13
7:01 PM — A new ComRes survey of 159 MPs, conducted over the past month, has found overwhelming parliamentary support for the amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, championed by Tim Loughton MP, which would extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.
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”.
5th May 2013
New Zealand: World’s first trans MP suffering kidney failure 7
9:39 AM — A former MP who was the first openly transgender person in the world to hold the position has announced that she will not be making a planned return to politics, stating that she has chronic kidney failure.
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.
UKIP candidate who said ‘exercise’ in schools can prevent homosexuality fails to win seat in election 75
11:06 AM — UKIP candidate John Sullivan who claimed regular physical exercise in schools can “prevent homosexuality” has failed to be elected as a councillor for Newent in Gloucestershire.