20th May 2013
Labour table civil partnership Manuscript Amendment in order to ‘rescue’ same-sex marriage bill 17
2:49 PM — Labour has launched a bid to protect the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, amid fears that a "wrecking amendment" extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples could stall the legislation.
Downing Street: Equal marriage is the Prime Minister’s ‘paramount concern’ 13
2:21 PM — David Cameron is in full support of equal marriage, and the matter of whether the Government supports equal marriage is not in question, a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed.
Peter Tatchell: ‘MPs should vote for heterosexual civil partnerships’ 31
1:47 PM — Peter Tachell notes the popularity of straight civil partnerships in the Netherlands in saying MPs should vote for civil partnerships for heterosexual couples in England and Wales.
David Burrowes: I oppose all ‘dilutions’ of marriage 12
1:37 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes has once again voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, and has revealed he will not be voting for an amendment to the bill allowing opposite-sex couples to have civil partnerships either.
Yvette Cooper: ‘David Cameron must show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into Tory wrangling’ 4
1:21 PM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, says she hopes “David Cameron will show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into another vortex of bitter Tory wrangling.”
Live blog: MPs debate and vote on same-sex marriage and opposite sex civil partnerships 1
1:05 PM — The House of Commons debate same-sex marriage and whether opposite sex couples should be allowed to have civil partnerships.
Downing Street will decide tactics for equal marriage bill after vote on straight civil partnership amendment 42
12:51 PM — The Government may withdraw its support for the pending equal marriage bill for England and Wales, if an amendment to allow civil partnerships to straight couples passes.
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 13
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”.