3rd June 2013
Baroness Royall: I urge my noble friends to support equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — Labour's Leader in the House of Lords, Baroness Royall, says she hopes the Upper House "will be convinced" to vote in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) as part of its second reading.
Tory Baroness Stowell opens equal marriage debate with a joke about her love of George Clooney 7
6:40 PM — Baroness Stowell of Beeston, the Conservative peer with responsibility to take the same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords opened the debate on equality with a passionate speech that included a joke about wanting George Clooney to propose to her.
Over eight thousand LobbyALord messages sent to peers to support equal marriage 9
6:21 PM — Using the new site from Out4Marriage, to enable members of the public to LobbyALord to support equal marriage during the current equal marriage debate, over 8,000 messages have been sent to peers.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: I support equality but cannot vote for the equal marriage bill 21
5:35 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has spoken during the debate on the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, to say that, despite personally supporting equality, and saying he regretted the church's treatment of LGBT people, he would not support it.
Lord Dear: Equal marriage will lead to ‘children acting out gay weddings in class’ 54
4:24 PM — Speaking during the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill's second reading in the House of Lords, former chief constable of the West Midlands, Lord Dear, said that moves towards equal marriage meant the rights of gay people were "outstripping" the rights of families, and that children will be made to "act out gay weddings in class", if it passes.
House of Lords equal marriage debate begins 10
3:12 PM — Peers have begun debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the Lords as part of its second reading.
Live: Watch the House of Lords same-sex marriage debate 15
3:10 PM — You can watch the House of Lords debate on the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill live on PinkNews
House of Lords equal marriage rally to take place this evening 2
2:09 PM — Supporters of marriage equality will rally outside the House of Lords from 5.30pm.
Former Tory cabinet ministers urge Lords to back equal marriage 8
1:17 PM — Several former Conservative cabinet ministers – including three former health secretaries – have given their firm backing to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in an open letter to The Times.
Baroness Thornton: I am confident the equal marriage bill will be victorious in the Lords 6
11:58 AM — Baroness Thornton, Labour’s Shadow Equalities Minister in the Lords writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why she is confident that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will survive attempts to defeat it by opponents in the Upper House.
Lord Carey rants about marriage but agrees with the merits of a corporate GMail account with PinkNews reader 15
11:35 AM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has ranted by email that marriage can only be between one man and one woman and discussed the merits of a corporate Google Mail (GMail) account with a PinkNews reader.
Senior Anglican warns equal marriage could force the Queen to break ‘the laws of God’ 58
11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, says introducing equal marriage could force the Queen to break a sovereign promise.
Yvette Cooper: The government needs to remember who the real opponents of equal marriage are 11
10:18 AM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to remember “who the opponents are” of the same-sex marriage bill in the wake of last week’s row about House of Lords timetabling.
2nd June 2013
Lord Alli: The Church of England is hypocritical for opposing equal marriage 50
8:58 PM — Lord Waheed Alli, Labour peer and one of just a handful of openly gay Muslim politicians globally, has said he believes many peers who now oppose same-sex marriage will come to regret their views in time.
Archbishop of Canterbury to call for amendments to equal marriage bill 76
5:26 PM — In the upcoming vote on equal marriage legislation in the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury will call for concessions to be made for teachers and faith schools, as the Church of England has reportedly "resigned" itself to same-sex marriage becoming law.
Illinois same-sex marriage bill given lifesaving deadline extension 8
10:05 AM — In a move that may save the state's same-sex marriage bill from failure, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan quietly moved on Friday to extend the bill's deadline to August.
Tory Grassroots warn equal marriage will smash family values 74
9:33 AM — Tory activists have urged the House of Lords to reject the same-sex marriage bill in Tuesdays vote, arguing it will weaken the bringing up of children and devalue the family.
1st June 2013
Religious leaders urge David Cameron to drop equal marriage bill before Lords debate 66
7:03 PM — Fifty British faith leaders have come together to sign a letter urging the Prime MInister to drop the Marriage (same sex marriage) Bill, before it goes to the House of Lords next week for its second reading.
Grindr comes Out4Marriage and urges a million users to LobbyALord for equal marriage 13
6:02 PM — The world's largest gay dating app Grindr has come Out4Marriage, urging over a million UK users to lobby peers in the House of Lords ahead of next week's debate around the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill.
31st May 2013
Barnardo’s: House of Lords support for equal marriage ‘will have a positive effect for children’ 8
4:51 PM — Barnardo’s Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie is urging peers in the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couple) Bill.