15th February 2013
UK: Equality commission says Christian registrars cannot opt out of marrying gay couples 31
1:36 PM — Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing marriages for gay couples, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: The moment I came out as gay to my wife was a huge relief 38
9:33 AM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who came out publically as gay in August 2010, has again spoken about the decision in light of last week’s vote by MPs on equal marriage.
Ireland: Kerry County Council to vote on equal marriage 3
2:04 AM — County Kerry councillors are to be asked to back a motion supporting equal marriage, at its next meeting.
14th February 2013
US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote 9
9:23 PM — The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage - although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.
Brendan O’Neill: Equal marriage is an elitist campaign with no roots in the public 91
7:02 PM — Journalist Brendan O'Neill appeared before the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill, and used the opportunity to argue that it was "an elitist campaign that doesn't have any traction with the public".
Dr Jeffrey John: Allowing individual parishes to decide on equal marriage ‘more Christian’ 14
6:56 PM — Speaking to the Public Bills Committee on Thursday to give evidence in favour of equal marriage, Dr Jeffrey John, the openly gay Dean of St Albans, said he thought it would be "more Christian" to allow individual parishes to make up their own minds on equal marriage.
Alice Arnold: Homophobia is still rife, just look at Twitter 4
5:36 PM — Speaking to the Public Bills Committee on Thursday to give evidence in favour of equal marriage, Alice Arnold, former BBC broadcaster said she though homophobia would be reduced if same-sex couples could marry.
Catholic Labour MP criticises Archbishop of Southwark for suggesting Catholics will leave Church over equal marriage 10
4:57 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith has been criticised for claiming that most Catholics who support equal marriage would be prepared to leave the Church over the issue
Video: Green MP Caroline Lucas comes @Out4Marriage and trans inclusion at Parliament 1
2:23 PM — After casting her vote in favour of equal marriage at last Tuesday's vote on it in the House of Commons, Green MP Caroline Lucas gave an impassioned speech to LGBT rights advocates.
Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day from @Out4Marriage! #WillYouMarryMe m’Lord? 8
1:04 PM — James-J Walsh, Campaigns Director for Out4Marriage reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage, and details what you can do next in the last stages of the move towards marriage equality.
Lord Pannick: Forcing churches to perform same-sex weddings would be ‘more difficult than parting the Red Sea’ 17
12:41 PM — A top Blackstone lawyer and peer has given evidence to the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill to the effect that succeeding in a court case against a church that refuses to opt-in to same-sex weddings would be legally impossible.
13th February 2013
Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin 6
7:01 PM — A series of public hearings in Thailand to discuss the possibility of establishing civil partnerships for gay couples has been taking place in Bangkok.
US: Mayor of Atlanta admits that he was ‘wrong’ to oppose equal marriage in the past 4
4:29 PM — The Mayor of Atlanta, who recently announced he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, has said he feels he "was wrong" to have opposed equal marriage in the past, in favour of civil unions.
Illinois Senate prepares for Valentine’s Day equal marriage vote 1
3:56 PM — The Illinois Senate will vote tomorrow - Valentine's Day - on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
Comment: Reflections on speaking out for equal marriage before a committee of MPs tasked with changing the law 27
3:11 PM — PinkNews and Out4Marriage founder Benjamin Cohen, reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage.
Tory MP Henry Smith: MPs who abstained in the same-sex marriage vote are ‘chickens’ 31
2:41 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has described MPs who abstained in last week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as “chickens”.
UK: Conservative councillor Mormon brothers leave party over equal marriage 56
1:36 PM — Two Mormon councillors in Warwickshire, who are also brothers, have quit the Conservative Party over its support for same-sex marriage.
Associated Press updates its style guide on whether to call married gay couples ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ 24
10:49 AM — Same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships should not be classified as “husband” and “wife” according to the Associated Press’ style guide – unless they already use the terms.
12th February 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes: PinkNews is ‘fomenting abuse’ against equal marriage opponents 92
7:37 PM — Tory MP David Burrows has accused PinkNews of "fomenting hostility" against the opponents of equal marriage.
Michael Gove seeks to reassure Tory equal marriage critics in front of committee 13
7:20 PM — Education Secretary Michael Gove has again sought to reassure critical Conservative MPs that the government’s same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales poses no threat to teachers who disagree with the reform.