18th July 2013
Exclusive: I am so proud we have had the courage to make love equal by David Cameron 67
11:04 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk and the media partner of our Out4Marriage campaign, the London Evening Standard, the Prime Minister has said that love should not be "divided by law". David Cameron also heaped praise on Out4Marriage and Freedom to Marry, the Conservative equal marriage group founded by Nick Herbert.
17th July 2013
David Cameron: ‘Gay marriage is something I believe we can be proud of as a country’ 58
9:39 PM — This evening, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has Tweeted that same-sex marriage is something that English and Welsh people should be proud of.
Tory MP Mike Freer: If gay people pay the same contributions, their pension rights must be the same 5
7:23 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer raised the issue of pensions inequality during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate and said it was right to settle the discrepancy “whatever the cost”.
Sir Gerald Howarth: The ‘wretched’ equal marriage bill was ‘bulldozed’ through Parliament 73
6:46 PM — Sir Gerald Howarth, who famously warned of “aggressive homosexuals”, could not hide his disappointment whilst speaking in the Commons during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate.
Murdered Cameroonian gay rights activist mentioned during UK Parliament equal marriage debate 2
5:58 PM — The plight of a murdered gay rights activist in Cameroon was raised in the House of Commons during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate by Labour MP Diane Abbott.
Catholic Church says equal marriage act was ‘rushed through’ Parliamentary process 64
5:51 PM — The Catholic Church has issued a statement commenting on the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act into law, claiming that greater protection for religious groups should have been included.
New Zealand: Airline hopes to hold first same-sex wedding 30,000 ft above the ground 6
5:06 PM — Air New Zealand has announced that it plans to hold the country's first same-sex wedding ceremony at 30,000 ft above the ground.
US: $2 million campaign launched to support equal marriage efforts in Illinois
3:32 PM — Supporters of equal marriage in the US state of Illinois have launched a $2 million (£1.3 million) campaign to legalise equal marriage in the state.
Equality Network calls on Scotland to legalise equal marriage following England & Wales Royal Assent 7
3:13 PM — Scottish campaigners have welcomed Royal Assent of the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, and are using it to redouble their efforts to achieve marriage equality in Scotland.
Equal marriage bill for England and Wales given Royal Assent and is now law 184
2:18 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales was today given Royal Assent, and is now officially law.
Edwina Currie: ‘The Queen Mum was always supportive of gay rights’ 28
2:10 PM — Along with praising David Cameron over his leadership on equal marriage, former Conservative MP Edwina Currie has tweeted PinkNews to say the Queen Mother “was always supportive of gay rights.”
Placebo lead singer: ‘If gay people are crazy enough to want to get married, it should be allowed’ 12
2:06 PM — Speaking in celebration of the passing of the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, lead singer of the band Placebo has offered the band's support for a global movement towards the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Peter Tatchell: There are still aspects of discrimination in the equal marriage bill 27
12:48 PM — Peter Tatchell welcomes Parliament's decision to pass the same-sex marriage bill but says in its current structure trans people get a "raw deal".
Maria Miller: Passing equal marriage is a ‘tremendous and historic achievement’ 28
10:46 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has praised the decision of Parliament to pass the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales and says it is a “tremendous achievement.”
16th July 2013
Yvette Cooper: It is time to celebrate equal marriage and I hope we can get on and enjoy all the weddings 5
11:08 PM — Labour's Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Equalities, Yvette Cooper, has expressed her joy at the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which is now on its way to Royal Assent.
Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent 146
9:21 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon will be given Royal Assent to become law.
Tory MP David Burrowes denies last-ditch attempt to ‘frustrate’ equal marriage bill 64
4:21 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has once again been accused of trying to delay implementation of the same-sex marriage bill after he tabled an amendment that seeks to force the government to hold individual public consultations for changes to secondary legislation.
Irish activists welcome decision of UK House of Lords to pass equal marriage bill 25
1:40 PM — Irish campaigners say the decision of the House Lords to pass the equal marriage bill for England and Wales at third reading can hopefully bolster equality efforts in Ireland.
Exclusive: Lorraine Kelly says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage and for all people to be treated equally 12
10:55 AM — Lorraine Kelly has become the latest public figure to speak out on why she supports equal marriage in a message recorded as part of the Equality Network's It’s Time campaign.
15th July 2013
US: California Supreme Court refuses to halt resume of same-sex marriages 12
11:30 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of California has refused to halt the resume of same-sex marriages in the state, following the US Supreme Court's ruling last month, and a petition filed challenging it.