20th May 2013
Nick Clegg: ‘I will make sure the same-sex marriage bill doesn’t get hijacked by those with ulterior motives’ 21
12:30 PM — Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he will not allow Tory opponents to succeed in wrecking the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Francis Maude: How my late gay brother’s legacy shaped my equal marriage support
12:10 PM — Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights in the Conservative Party, has written ahead of today's debate on the same-sex marriage bill about how the loss of his gay brother led him to support marriage equality.
Gay Tory MP Crispin Blunt: ‘David Cameron is going through a fire with his colleagues in order to deliver equal marriage’ 5
10:41 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, says David Cameron has shown “fantastic leadership” on equal marriage. The MP also comments on today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, and Philip Hammond’s recent criticism.
Maria Miller: Civil partnership amendment could delay same-sex marriage bill by two years 26
10:38 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has warned that a proposed backbench amendment on civil partnerships for heterosexuals could dramatically delay implementation of the same-sex marriage bill.
19th May 2013
Lynne Featherstone: I support opposite-sex civil partnerships but the amendment may be a ‘cynical trap’ 14
7:15 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has said she supports opposite-sex civil partnerships, but is concerned that proposed amendments to the same-sex marriage bill allowing them are being pushed by marriage equality opponents.
Poll: 73% of MPs support civil partnerships amendment to equal marriage bill 11
7:01 PM — A new ComRes survey of 159 MPs, conducted over the past month, has found overwhelming parliamentary support for the amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, championed by Tim Loughton MP, which would extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.
Archbishop of Canterbury endorses Church’s opposition to opposite-sex civil partnerships 23
6:15 PM — In a u-turn on his previous commitment to supporting civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples, Archbishop Justin Welby has endorsed the Church of England's statement opposing them.
Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion 133
11:57 AM — The government is reported to be attempting to compromise with the 150 Tory MPs set to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, by considering amendments giving protection to "conscientious objectors".
Conservative Grassroots warn party to drop equal marriage or ‘change leadership’ 25
10:14 AM — Conservative Party chairs have warned that David Cameron has damaged his own party with the same-sex marriage bill, which is due to be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow.
18th May 2013
Gay MP Mike Freer accuses fellow Tories of attempting to “derail” equal marriage bill 10
2:58 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP Mike Freer has spoken out to say that he thinks other Tory MPs are trying to "derail" the equal marriage bill, and that an amendment to allow opposite-sex civil partnerships could undermine it.
Church of England: Allowing straight civil partnerships would ‘introduce confusion’ 30
2:40 PM — The Church of England has released a statement expressing its opposition to suggestions that the government may amend the equal marriage act to allow civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples.
17th May 2013
Comment: Dear Philip Hammond, equal marriage might upset people, but it is worth it for equality 18
6:44 PM — Hannah Buchanan questions Philip Hammond's assertion that he is not anti-gay, despite saying there is "no huge demand" for equal marriage, and that it made people angry.
National AIDS Trust: ‘Passing equal marriage will help in the fight against the UK’s HIV epidemic’ 5
5:21 PM — The National AIDS Trust is repeating its call to legalise equal marriage “as an important step to challenging the homophobia which fuels the UK's HIV epidemic”.
Downing Street rejects same-sex marriage criticism from Philip Hammond 22
4:14 PM — A spokesman for David Cameron has rejected claims made by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that too much parliamentary time is being spent on equal marriage.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Civil partnership review unnecessary’ 18
1:43 PM — A government review on civil partnerships, which could take place in five years time, is “unnecessary”, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said.
16th May 2013
Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples 68
8:48 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says a future government plans to review civil partnerships from 2018 – which could mean possibly extending them to heterosexuals – or abolishing them.
Boy George: ‘I wish David Cameron had put gay marriage in the Queen’s Speech’ 26
4:41 PM — Singer Boy George has expressed his disappointment that the same-sex marriage bill was not included in the Queen’s Speech.
Former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig: ‘Polygamous marriages should be included in the same-sex marriage bill’ 32
12:39 PM — The former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig, believes the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will lead to “new inequalities and discrimination” – and suggests it should include “polygamous marriages” for Muslims and Mormons.
Lib Dem MPs to be given free vote on all aspects of the same-sex marriage bill 11
10:52 AM — Liberal Democrat MPs are to be given a free vote on all aspects of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, it has been revealed.
15th May 2013
Tory Lord True: ‘Relationships should be respected, but I haven’t made up my mind on equal marriage’ 29
6:56 PM — Although Conservative peer Lord Nicholas True has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader “relationships should be respected equally” – he remains unsure about supporting the same-sex marriage bill.