31st May 2013
Tory Minister Helen Grant: Equality will not diminish my marriage, it strengthens the institution 17
12:07 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant writes exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk on why the government remains committed to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lord Carey: ‘Love is not enough’ to justify same-sex marriage 79
11:49 AM — The Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has argued that marriage equality should be opposed on the grounds that allowing marriages based "merely" on love and commitment would also justify polygamous unions and marriages between siblings.
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 29
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
LobbyALord launched to help encourage peers to come Out4Marriage in equal marriage debate 24
3:32 AM — A new website has been launched in order to make it easy for members of the public to lobby peers in the House of Lords ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill.
30th May 2013
Labour says government is ‘lashing out’ at ‘poor handling’ of equal marriage bill 16
7:19 PM — The shadow minister for equalities Kate Green has accused the government of "lashing out at the Labour Party" over the "poor handling of the same-sex marriage bill".
UK: Government moves equal marriage House of Lords vote to later next day 21
2:46 PM — Next week’s House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now take place on Tuesday in the daytime after supporters warned voting in the early hours could put the bill at risk.
Clare Balding takes aim at ‘uncool’ Lord Tebbit over his ‘lesbian queen’ remarks 43
1:28 PM — Clare Balding has criticised Lord Tebbit after he warned Britain could be ruled by a lesbian queen if equal marriage is legalised, she says the remarks are "insulting to every surrogate parent".
Union J star Jaymi Hensley: David Cameron is right, equal marriage will change the lives of many 3
12:37 PM — Union J star Jaymi Hensley, has opened up to PinkNews.co.uk about his strong support from fans for being open about being gay, and that he is excited about the equal marriage debate in Parliament, as he feels strongly that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
UK: Equal marriage rally to coincide with House of Lords debate 14
12:28 PM — Monday’s House of Lords second reading debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will coincide with a rally outside Parliament organised by equality campaigners.
Bishop of Salisbury: Opponents of equal marriage similar to supporters of ‘slavery and apartheid’ 29
11:29 AM — The Bishop of Salisbury has likened opponents of equal marriage to Christians who used the Bible to justify slavery and apartheid
Comment: Marriage equality is the mark of a civilised society 14
10:42 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Adrian Tippetts makes an open plea to members of the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in next week's second reading debate.
29th May 2013
Party Whips accused of threatening an MP’s career over equal marriage opposition 21
6:27 PM — In a letter sent to peers ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, a group of MPs have accused party Whips of threatening the careers of MPs opposed to equal marriage, despite there being a free vote on the Bill in the House of Commons.
Labour fear late night House of Lords vote could threaten equal marriage bill 27
6:21 PM — Shadow equalities minister Baroness Glenys Thornton says David Cameron has been “absolutely brilliant" in his support for equal marriage, but warns a late night vote in the House of Lords next week could put the same-sex marriage bill at risk.
Comment: Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks can vote for me to have the freedom to marry the man I love 24
11:10 AM — PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen has written a column for the Jewish News newspaper to urge the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to carefully consider the upcoming House of Lords vote on same-sex marriage.
28th May 2013
Su Pollard: ‘Equal marriage can only be a good thing for sexual health’ 14
2:15 PM — Comedy entertainer Su Pollard says more needs to be done to encourage young gay men to use condoms and that equal marriage is a key step towards ending stigma and discrimination.
Scottish Lib Dem leader writes equal marriage letter to SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon 5
1:29 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has written to the SNP Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to urge her to press ahead with plans for equal marriage in Scotland.
27th May 2013
New Zealand’s ‘gay rainbow’ MP: ‘Be Ye Not Afraid of same-sex marriage’ 7
8:46 PM — Maurice Williamson, the New Zealand MP for Pakuranga whose pro-equal marriage speech went viral, has written an open letter to Australia and the rest of the world in defence of same-sex marriage.
Ian Paisley Jr: Same-sex marriage is a significantly damaging change to society 56
7:10 PM — Ian Paisley Jr told a Christian television channel that same-sex marriage is an "attack on society", adding that he wants to distance himself from his media portrayal as a "hateful person".
Comment: The equal marriage bill is not really about equality at all 80
5:52 PM — Writing for PinkNews, the former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig, expands on a letter he wrote to Lyn Brown MP, denying claims that he said polygamy should be included in the equal marriage bill, but claiming that same-sex marriage does not truly aim for equality.
Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.