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.
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.
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.
8th January 2013
Conservative MEP: Same-sex marriage is a radical change in social policy 27
5:11 PM — Conservative MEP Giles Chichester has dismissed the government’s equal marriage plans by saying of marriage “It ain’t broke so why spend valuable parliamentary time trying to fix it?”
Poll: Three quarters of Conservative peers call on government to halt equal marriage 53
11:47 AM — Three quarters of Conservative peers say the government should call a halt to its plans to introduce equal marriage for England and Wales, according to ComRes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27th May 2012
Nick Clegg denounces free vote on equal marriage 113
11:40 AM — In what is the most visible sign of the split between Lib Dems and the Tories on the issue of equal marriage, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has said that the issue cannot be left to individual conscience.
9th March 2012
Comment: Gay marriage slurs will not keep us from equality 32
11:41 AM — Sarah Ludford MEP writes that the "very fact that those opposed to same-sex marriage cannot have a reasoned debate about the issue just proves that they are bereft of any real arguments".
8th February 2012
Simon Hughes accepts damages from News of the World publisher 3
6:39 PM — The openly bisexual deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes has settled his phone-hacking damages claims against News of the World publisher News Group Newspapers. Mr Hughes joined former footballer Paul Gascoigne, comedian Steve Coogan and football agent Sky Andrew in agreeing a settlement.
10th May 2011
David Laws guilty of a series of expenses rule breaches 14
3:09 PM — Former Cabinet minister David Laws has been found guilty of a series of breaches of parliamentary expenses rules. The Liberal Democrat MP was chief secretary to the Treasury for just days last May. He resigned when it was revealed he had paid £40,000 in expenses to his boyfriend who was also his landlord.
5th May 2011
Muslim area sent fake gay election leaflets 201
3:32 PM — Homes in a largely Muslim area of Leicester have been sent fake election leaflets about the Liberal Democrats' gay rights policies.