15th April 2013
Manchester: Lib Dem MP tables Early Day Motion in support of tackling homophobic football chants 4
1:06 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Leech is tabling an Early Day Motion calling on joint efforts by football clubs, supporters and the police to tackle homophobic chants during matches.
27th March 2013
Lib Dems’ LGBT group urges for better training of Home Office LGBT asylum caseworkers
10:59 AM — In the wake of the government’s decision to abolish the UK Border Agency, the Lib Dems’ LGBT group says LGBT asylum cases need to be handled better by officials.
8th February 2013
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
Comment: I am surprised and disappointed at Sarah Teather for voting against marriage equality 42
10:25 AM — Natalie Grazin, a gay Jewish mother in north London, has shared with PinkNews a letter she has written to Liberal Democrat MP and former Children’s minister Sarah Teather, who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, earlier this week.
7th February 2013
Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood: Why I wasn’t present for the equal marriage vote 32
1:04 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood has been in touch with PinkNews to explain why he did not take part in Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
5th February 2013
Former Lib Dem minister Sarah Teather: Voting against same-sex marriage was ‘the hardest decision’ 164
11:11 PM — As had been privately warned for weeks, the Liberal Democrat former education minister Sarah Teather has voted against the bill to introduce same-sex marriage.
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes criticises the Government over same-sex marriage plans 17
5:11 PM — Speaking at the debate around the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill in the House of Commons today, the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes called for the government to "proceed slowly" with the bill to attain the "maximum consensus."
25th January 2013
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: Today is a landmark moment for LGBT equality 9
11:46 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a cause for celebration.
26th December 2012
Lynne Featherstone: Religious leaders shouldn’t try and stop others from holding same-sex marriages 32
1:57 PM — Lynne Featherstone, now an International Development Minister, but previously the Minister for Equalities argues that religious leaders need to have more faith in their own beliefs and stop trying to force others to live by their anti-equal rights views.
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.
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.
8th December 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a step towards a fairer society 25
7:46 PM — Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert who proposed the Equal Marriage motion to the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2010 argues that the Government's plans to make same-sex marriage legal is an important step towards building a fairer society in Britain.
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.
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.
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”.
22nd September 2012
David Laws: Coming out as gay earlier would have ‘made my life a lot easier and happier’ 26
11:51 AM — Education Minister David Laws has said that coming out earlier, rather than being forced to out himself by the newspapers would have made "my life a lot easier and happier — and that of those close to me."
7th September 2012
Comment: What the reshuffle means for LGBT support in the government 17
6:14 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chris Ward sums up the LGBT ramifications of this week’s reshuffle and assesses the recent equality record of the main three parties.