25th January 2013
Labour MP Steve Reed: The battle for equality is not yet over 7
4:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and Patron of LGBT Labour welcomes the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – but warns “this is no time to rest on our achievements.”
Yvette Cooper: I’m glad to be supporting the government’s same-sex marriage bill 10
1:16 PM — Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, has welcomed the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
17th January 2013
Yvette Cooper warns against ‘unfair’ police DNA targeting of gay men 15
6:43 PM — Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says she is concerned by allegations of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
16th January 2013
Majority of MPs indicate that they will vote for same-sex marriage in England and Wales 31
8:13 AM — A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have indicated that they intend to vote for the introduction of same-sex marriage in 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.
14th January 2013
Exclusive: MPs to vote on same-sex marriage bill before Valentine’s Day 40
5:48 PM — PinkNews understands that MPs will debate and vote on the government’s equal marriage plans for England and Wales before next month’s Valentine’s Day.
Members of UKIP official website compare homosexuality to bestiality and paedeophilia 18
4:34 PM — An official online forum for UKIP members has been used to vent "racist and homophobic" views by some of the party's top members, reports suggest.
10th January 2013
Exclusive: David Blunkett: Equal marriage plans are ‘a complete dog’s dinner’ 37
11:41 AM — Labour’s former home secretary David Blunkett has described the government’s equal marriage plans for England and Wales as a “complete dog’s dinner”.
3rd January 2013
Comment: Gay sex needs to be taught in schools regardless of what MPs think 30
3:48 PM — Benjamin Butterworth argues that despite what MPs such as Welsh Conservative David Davies says, you can't indoctrinate teenagers into gay sex. He reveals how he assumed the question 'are you a top or a bottom?' referred to bunk beds when he was first asked.
29th December 2012
The Queen honours Michael Cashman MEP with award for fighting for LGBT equality 60
12:00 AM — Michael Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands has been named a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in recognition for his tireless fight for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality.
28th December 2012
Manchester: Road survey criticised for asking gender-related questions 24
12:53 PM — Local government officials in Greater Manchester have defended a transport public consultation document that asks respondents to identity their race, sexuality and gender following complaints.
17th December 2012
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle: ‘Gay marriage is just not on’ 65
6:00 PM — The first Liberal Democrat MP to voice their opposition to the government’s marriage reforms since last week's announcement has gone public.
13th December 2012
Lib Dem Chief Whip: I’m happy not to whip my MPs on same-sex marriage 18
12:48 PM — Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael, who is the party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons, says the decision to offer a free vote on marriage equality for his MPs is based on Labour and the Conservatives doing the same.
12th December 2012
LGBT Labour group criticise Ed Miliband for allowing a free vote on same-sex marriage 26
3:28 PM — While welcoming the government's commitment in allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales from 2013, the Labour Party’s affiliated LGBT campaign group have criticised the decision of its leadership to grant Labour MPs a free vote on the plans.
Poll: 55% of public support same-sex marriage, but Tory voters divided 9
1:20 PM — A majority of the British public support changing the law to allow marriage rights for gay couples, but Conservative voters are divided on the issue, according to a YouGov poll.
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.
30th November 2012
London: Gay council boss elected as Labour MP for Croydon North 14
10:38 AM — Steve Reed has become the UK’s newest openly gay MP after winning the Croydon North By-election for Labour.
28th November 2012
Labour MP Ben Bradshaw: ‘Urine is pouring into my office’ 11
5:14 PM — Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, the first MP elected as an openly gay man and former Culture Secretary has amused Twitter by revealing that his House of Commons office is covered in urine.
23rd November 2012
Source: 118 Tory MPs may vote against same-sex marriage 87
10:30 PM — The Daily Mail has reported that 118 Conservative MPs could potentially vote against government plans to legalise marriage rights for gay couples.
20th November 2012
PM criticised over Equality assessment reforms 8
6:08 PM — David Cameron has been criticised by the NUS after announcing plans to remove assessments that are designed to ensure the government is complying with the Equality Act.