23rd January 2013
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal 19
11:37 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh wants to amend the Equality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of a person's definition of marriage, citing the case of a manager fired for saying he was against equal marriage on Facebook.
US: Rhode Island state house committee ‘resoundingly endorses’ equal marriage bill 6
2:50 AM — The US state of Rhode Island was one step closer to legalising equal marriage, after its House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill which would make it legal.
Taiwan: Gay couple withdraw lawsuit against the state for ban on equal marriage 2
2:13 AM — A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, have said they will withdraw their case tomorrow.
Israel: Anti-gay marriage Jewish Home party wins seats in general election 8
12:02 AM — The Jewish Home party (Habayit Hayehudi), is predicted to have won 12 seats, less than was originally expected, in the Israeli general election held on Tuesday. Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to stay on as prime minister of a right-wing coalition.
22nd January 2013
Long-standing Tory local chairman quits over equal marriage ‘attack on family values’ 17
5:39 PM — A long time local chairman for the Conservative party has resigned over the coalition government's efforts to legalise marriage equality, saying the Prime Minster had "lost touch" with his party and attacked "family values".
New Zealand: Conservative Party leader calls for referendum on equal marriage debate 12
5:12 PM — The leader of New Zealand's Conservative Party has said that the "international debate" around equal marriage was reason enough to slow down the progress of the country's equal marriage bill, which is currently being considered by a select committee.
Church of England criticised for Twitter joke about equal marriage and Katie Price 10
3:58 PM — The Church of England has received criticism after its official Twitter account tweeted a joke about Katie Price in response to a question about its opposition to equal marriage.
US: Obama’s inauguration speech attacked by anti-gay Christian group 20
3:13 PM — A Christian anti-gay group has attacked the speech made by US President Barack Obama at his inauguration, during which he referred to the gay rights movement and the women's rights movement, and went on to claim that gay people already have equal rights.
France: Karl Lagerfeld supports equal marriage with lesbian brides at couture show 1
1:25 PM — Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has used his lastest fashion show to support equal marriage amidst divides across France on the issue.
Video: Gay poet performs reading at official Obama inauguration ceremony 5
12:29 PM — An openly gay Cuban-American poet delivered a moving poem at the official public inauguration of President Barack Obama yesterday.
Alice Arnold: The lack of equal marriage is horrible and I can speak out about it now 15
2:40 AM — Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold has said that she didn't like that she had "suddenly" realised that gay people were not thought of or treated equally, and that she would be a more active spokesperson for equal marriage.
New Zealand: Select committee hears of benefits to legalising equal marriage 3
2:06 AM — The select committee considering the New Zealand equal marriage bill has heard from two charities which gave the benefits of legalising equal marriage for the physical and mental health of the population, in their submissions.
21st January 2013
Labour MP Rob Flello: The government should not ‘re-write’ marriage 46
7:28 PM — Rob Flello, the Labour Shadow Justice Minister and MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, says same-sex marriage is not "an issue of equality".
New Zealand group distances itself from leader who linked equal marriage to crime 3
3:23 PM — A New Zealand charity, the leader of which made a submission to parliament attempting to link equal marriage with rising crime rates has released a statement distancing itself from his comments.
20th January 2013
Labour Shadow Justice Minister Rob Flello to vote against same-sex marriage equality 96
2:18 PM — The Labour Shadow Justice Minister and MP for Stoke-on-Trent South has told a PinkNews reader that he will vote against the Government's upcoming legislation to introduce same-sex marriage.
New Zealand lobbyist says equal marriage will bring increase in crime 32
1:25 PM — The head of a victim lobby group made a submission to the New Zealand parliament, claiming that legalising equal marriage would bring with it an increase in all levels of crime.
MPs to plan for gay royals marrying same-sex partners and their children becoming king or queen 79
9:29 AM — MPs look set to debate a change in the law to allow royals in same-sex relationships to marry or be in civil partnerships and for their children to be recognised as the heir to the throne.
18th January 2013
Oxford Union ‘gay parenting’ debate: PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen’s winning speech 11
2:09 PM — In an Oxford Union debate on Thursday evening about gay parenting, a motion in support of the principle was passed by a large majority. Here is the winning speech, delivered to the packed house.
Comment: ‘Offended by marriage equality': the admission of a lost argument 102
10:51 AM — A number of MPs recently have stated they will oppose marriage equality because they don't want to 'offend' religious people. It is not merely anti-democratic, but anti-faith, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.