28th May 2013
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.
26th May 2013
Peers plan revolt against equal marriage bill as it goes to Lords 93
2:54 PM — Peers in the House of Lords, are planning a final attempt to block the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, as it goes to the House of Lords.
Top Conservative donors threaten to quit party over equal marriage bill 24
2:33 PM — The Conservative Party is facing more turmoil as some of its top donors have threatened to quit the party over issues such as equal marriage.
25th May 2013
Labour MP Diana Johnson: It’s now time for Parliament to tackle the issue of gay conversion therapy 36
12:45 PM — With marriage equality on its way, Labour MP Diana Johnson and Tom Stephens both write for PinkNews.co.uk on why ending gay-to-straight conversion therapy should be Parliament’s next priority.
24th May 2013
Nick Clegg: I am proud to fly the rainbow flag at Whitehall, and hope others will be too 17
5:26 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has said he was "proud" to fly the rainbow flag at Whitehall last year for the very first time, and said he hopes other departments will do the same this year.
Tory MP Richard Drax: The equal marriage bill is ‘intolerant legislation’ 42
4:37 PM — Conservative MP Richard Drax has complained of the lack of “tolerance” towards “the millions who believe that ‘marriage’ can only be between a man and a woman.”
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle defends voting against equal marriage 41
11:29 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Gordon Birtwistle has defended voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and has cited opposition from a local mosque.
Question Time: Ian Paisley Jr defends saying he was ‘repulsed’ by gays and lesbians 51
12:51 AM — The DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr was challenged on Question Time about his 2007 interview where he said that he was "repulsed" by gays and lesbians.
23rd May 2013
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I’ve not come out strongly against same-sex unions, but we don’t do them 60
5:55 PM — Speaking to Sir David Frost, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, has rejected a suggestion that he had “come out strongly” against same-sex unions.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’ 16
4:40 PM — Peter Tatchell has warm praise for Prime Minister David Cameron, for “sticking to his guns” on equal marriage in the face of considerable opposition from his own party
Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote 18
3:23 PM — MP Sarah Newton, also a deputy chair of the Conservative Party, is defending herself from claims she broke a promise to her constituents after abstaining in this week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Sir Gerald Howarth: ‘I should have used ‘militant’ rather than ‘aggressive’ to describe homosexuals 66
2:06 PM — Responding to a letter from a PinkNews.co.uk reader, Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth says he should have used the word “militant” rather than “aggressive” when describing parts of the “homosexuality community.”
Lib Dem MP John Pugh criticised for voting against equal marriage bill — Simon Hughes and Tim Fallon abstained 20
1:04 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh has been criticised for voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – as both Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes, party president Tim Farron and Health Minister Norman Lamb abstained in this week’s vote.
Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends ‘aggressive homosexual community’ equal marriage slur 66
11:13 AM — Former Conservative defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth has defended his comments about the “aggressive homosexual community”.
Columnist Richard Godwin: Does Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth ‘dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him?’ 10
10:39 AM — London Evening Standard columnist Richard Godwin jokes Sir Gerald Howarth’s recent comments about the “aggressive homosexual community” maybe because “he really does dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him.”
David Cameron called ‘marriage wrecker’ and warned of ‘long battle’ over equal marriage in House of Lords 49
2:09 AM — Equal marriage opponents have called David Cameron a "marriage wrecker", over equal marriage, and warned that a bill to legalise it will face a "long, protracted battle", in the House of Lords.