3rd June 2013
Former Tory cabinet ministers urge Lords to back equal marriage 8
1:17 PM — Several former Conservative cabinet ministers – including three former health secretaries – have given their firm backing to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in an open letter to The Times.
Baroness Thornton: I am confident the equal marriage bill will be victorious in the Lords 6
11:58 AM — Baroness Thornton, Labour’s Shadow Equalities Minister in the Lords writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why she is confident that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will survive attempts to defeat it by opponents in the Upper House.
Senior Anglican warns equal marriage could force the Queen to break ‘the laws of God’ 58
11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, says introducing equal marriage could force the Queen to break a sovereign promise.
Yvette Cooper: The government needs to remember who the real opponents of equal marriage are 11
10:18 AM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to remember “who the opponents are” of the same-sex marriage bill in the wake of last week’s row about House of Lords timetabling.
31st May 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust urges Nigeria’s president to veto anti-gay law 3
7:06 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust is calling on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to veto a bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with potential prison terms of up to 14 years.
Barnardo’s: House of Lords support for equal marriage ‘will have a positive effect for children’ 8
4:51 PM — Barnardo’s Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie is urging peers in the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couple) Bill.
Lib Dem Baroness Liz Barker: Help us to get equal marriage passed by lobbying a Lord 3
1:08 PM — Baroness Liz Barker writes for PinkNews.co.uk on the need to lobby peers ahead of next week’s second reading House of Lords vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
Tory Minister Helen Grant: Equality will not diminish my marriage, it strengthens the institution 17
12:07 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant writes exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk on why the government remains committed to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 30
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
30th May 2013
Nigeria bans same-sex marriages with 14-year prison term 33
5:55 PM — A bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with prison terms of up to 14 years has been passed by lawmakers.
Comment: Marriage equality is the mark of a civilised society 15
10:42 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Adrian Tippetts makes an open plea to members of the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in next week's second reading debate.
28th May 2013
China: 81-year-old inspired by Pride march to appeal rape conviction
1:01 PM — An 81-year-old war veteran charged with raping 11 of his fellow soldiers during the rise of Mao Zedong says he has been inspired by a Pride march to stand up for having had consensual sex with men.
Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions 5
11:22 AM — A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships.
27th May 2013
Italy: Deputy responds to letter of suicidal gay teen 17
1:07 PM — A gay teenager in Italy who wrote an impassioned letter published in a newspaper has been invited to Parliament by the President of the Chamber of Deputies.
25th May 2013
Labour MP Diana Johnson: It’s now time for Parliament to tackle the issue of gay conversion therapy 36
12:45 PM — With marriage equality on its way, Labour MP Diana Johnson and Tom Stephens both write for PinkNews.co.uk on why ending gay-to-straight conversion therapy should be Parliament’s next priority.
24th May 2013
Petition urges Google search engine results to stop automatically linking ‘gayest’ with ‘worst’ 6
1:10 PM — An online petition is calling on Google to stop automatically including the word "worst" in the presentation of search results as a synonym when the word "gayest" is entered.
Nick Clegg and Francis Maude agree to fly rainbow flag from Cabinet Office for Pride week 7
12:30 PM — Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg both intend to demonstrate the government's commitment to equality by allowing the rainbow flag to fly from the Cabinet Office during Pride week in the capital.
23rd May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’ 16
4:40 PM — Peter Tatchell has warm praise for Prime Minister David Cameron, for “sticking to his guns” on equal marriage in the face of considerable opposition from his own party
22nd May 2013
Czech president makes U-turn and grudgingly honours gay academic with title 11
5:32 PM — Czech President Milos Zeman has now agreed to honour a gay academic with a title after facing claims he snubbed the candidate because of his sexuality.
21st May 2013
Maria Miller: The time for equal marriage has finally come 12
7:59 PM — In her address to the Commons, shortly before MPs passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller said “now is the time” for equal marriage.