24th May 2013
Tory MP Richard Drax: The equal marriage bill is ‘intolerant legislation’ 42
4:37 PM — Conservative MP Richard Drax has complained of the lack of “tolerance” towards “the millions who believe that ‘marriage’ can only be between a man and a woman.”
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.
MPs pass same-sex marriage bill in final third reading 52
7:15 PM — MPs have voted 366 - 161 overwhelmingly in favour of passing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) – in its third reading in the House of Commons.
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.
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
Maria Miller: I am happy to accept Labour’s amendment on a speedy civil partnerships review 7
8:09 PM — Confirming what a senior source in her department had told PinkNews.co.uk earlier, the Minister for Equalities Maria Miller has told the House of Commons that she will accept Labour's manuscript amendment on civil partnerships.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert: MPs should vote for Labour amendment to equal marriage bill 3
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Nick Herbert has circulated an email urging MPs to vote in favour of a Manuscript Amendment to the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which would start an immediate consultation on civil partnerships for straight couples.
Labour table civil partnership Manuscript Amendment in order to ‘rescue’ same-sex marriage bill 17
2:49 PM — Labour has launched a bid to protect the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, amid fears that a "wrecking amendment" extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples could stall the legislation.
Downing Street: Equal marriage is the Prime Minister’s ‘paramount concern’ 13
2:21 PM — David Cameron is in full support of equal marriage, and the matter of whether the Government supports equal marriage is not in question, a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed.
Downing Street will decide tactics for equal marriage bill after vote on straight civil partnership amendment 42
12:51 PM — The Government may withdraw its support for the pending equal marriage bill for England and Wales, if an amendment to allow civil partnerships to straight couples passes.
Nick Clegg: ‘I will make sure the same-sex marriage bill doesn’t get hijacked by those with ulterior motives’ 21
12:30 PM — Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he will not allow Tory opponents to succeed in wrecking the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
17th May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘Civil partnership review unnecessary’ 18
1:43 PM — A government review on civil partnerships, which could take place in five years time, is “unnecessary”, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said.
16th May 2013
Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples 68
8:48 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says a future government plans to review civil partnerships from 2018 – which could mean possibly extending them to heterosexuals – or abolishing them.
15th May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller to allow military chaplains to opt out of providing same-sex marriages 18
11:12 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, says the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be amended to allow chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities and the armed forces, to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.
14th May 2013
PinkNews nominated for top online news award 5
6:13 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has been nominated for the Online Media Awards 2013 in the Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism category.
Maria Miller: Surprising that England & Wales is behind so many countries on equal marriage 31
5:26 PM — Maria Miller, the Minister for Equalities, has told a joint committee of peers and MPs that it is surprising that England and Wales is behind the curve when it comes to same-sex marriage.
13th May 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
12th May 2013
Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill 58
2:21 PM — Christians are being encouraged to attend organised prayer meetings near the Houses of Parliament this month, in order to oppose the equal marriage bill, and to coincide with its third reading.
26th February 2013
Comment: The priorities of the LGBT community lie away from marriage 42
12:11 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT activist and SNP member Nathan Sparling says the UK Government has been putting too much of its focus on equal marriage – when the issue of health inequality has a far greater impact on the LGBT community.