24th May 2013
Question Time: Ian Paisley Jr defends saying he was ‘repulsed’ by gays and lesbians 51
12:51 AM — The DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr was challenged on Question Time about his 2007 interview where he said that he was "repulsed" by gays and lesbians.
US: Nevada Assembly passes resolution to repeal ban on equal marriage 2
12:23 AM — The Nevada Assembly today passed a resolution which could eventually lead to a repeal of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
23rd May 2013
David Cameron called ‘marriage wrecker’ and warned of ‘long battle’ over equal marriage in House of Lords 49
2:09 AM — Equal marriage opponents have called David Cameron a "marriage wrecker", over equal marriage, and warned that a bill to legalise it will face a "long, protracted battle", in the House of Lords.
22nd May 2013
Seven amusing and shocking things we learned during the equal marriage debate 9
4:08 PM — As the equal marriage bill for England and Wales passed its third reading in the House of Commons yesterday, supporters rejoiced, opponents complained. Some reactions were more bizarre than others.
David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote 63
9:06 AM — Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has passionately defended his controversial bill to make same-sex marriage legal arguing that it could transform the lives of young LGBT people.
Yvette Cooper: ‘Let us be loud and proud, celebrate, not discriminate, and pass equal marriage’ 2
2:12 AM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper made a speech urging MPs to vote in favour of a bill to allow equal marriage in England and Wales, just before it passed in the House of Commons with an overwhelming majority.
Nick Clegg: Tories need to stop fighting over equal marriage and ‘get back to governing’ 6
1:05 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is today to warn David Cameron and the Conservative party that it must "get back to governing", and stop infighting over equal marriage, and the EU.
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
Angela Eagle: I am so proud that the Commons passed the equal marriage bill in its third reading 13
7:23 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews, Angela Eagle, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, reflects on the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which passed its third reading in the House of Commons tonight.
Amendments to equal marriage bill on transgender rights withdrawn at request of Equality Minister 19
6:50 PM — Equality Minister Helen Grant asked for amendments on rights for trans people in same-sex couples to be withdrawn in today's House of Commons debate on the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill.
Equal marriage referendum amendment fails to appear in House of Commons 8
6:17 PM — A promised amendment to the UK’s same-sex marriage bill proposing a public referendum on marriage equality was not tabled in the House of Commons debate today.
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes: ‘Marriage should be between one man and one woman’ 59
6:11 PM — Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes, has said during the debate around the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill today, that he believes marriage should be "between one man and one woman".
France: Far right activist commits suicide in Notre Dame following legalisation of equal marriage 94
5:40 PM — Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been evacuated, after a former far-right activist committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, after writing a blog post slamming France's recently passed equal marriage bill.
Humanist wedding amendment withdrawn over concerns of human rights convention breach 17
4:44 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill concerning humanist marriage ceremonies was withdrawn during the third and final reading of the bill.
David Burrowes MP tells schoolgirl: ‘I am a supporter of traditional marriage. Get over it!’ 32
4:41 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes has responded to a letter sent by a PinkNews reader, in which he was asked to clarify how he could oppose equal marriage, but still assert that he was not "anti gay", to say that he is against equal marriage, and to "Get over it!".
London beaten gay couple urge politicians to beware of legitimising anti-gay attitudes 9
3:51 PM — Two men who were subjected to a suspected homophobic robbery in London, are urging politicians to change language used during the debate around equal marriage, for fear that homophobic attitudes are being legitimised by negative comments.
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.
Live blog: MPs debate and vote on same-sex marriage in England and Wales
10:19 AM — PinkNews brings you all of the key developments in the debates and votes on same-sex marriage equality in England and Wales
Coalition deal with Labour on straight civil partnerships keeps same-sex marriage bill on track 16
1:31 AM — Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller and her opposite numbers Kate Green and Yvette Cooper were able to reach a compromise on a review on the future of civil partnerships. This meant that MPs were convinced not to back a so called 'wrecking amendment' to introduce straight civil partnerships.
20th May 2013
MPs reject proposal to introduce straight civil partnerships without a full review 12
10:33 PM — After a day of confusion that threatened to disrupt the passage of the introduction of same-sex marriage, MPs have voted against the introduction of opposite sex civil partnerships.