7th February 2013
Tory Business Minister Michael Fallon: I was wrong to vote against equal marriage — but the Tories now have to unite 28
11:45 AM — Conservative MP and Business Minister Michael Fallon has conceded that he was wrong to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says opponents should accept this week’s decisive Commons verdict.
Tory MP Adam Afriyie: I voted against the same-sex marriage bill because it does not represent true equality 89
10:39 AM — Conservative MP Adam Afriyie, who has recently been seen by some as a future successor to David Cameron, has explained why he voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
6th February 2013
Comment: Equal marriage means gay relationships will stop being dismissed as inferior 8
6:33 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, political commentator Charlotte Henry analyses the significance of this week’s historic Commons vote on equal marriage.
Analysis: What next for the same-sex marriage bill? 24
5:12 PM — With LGBT campaigners celebrating Tuesday’s historic vote by MPs – it’s important to remember that there is still a fair way to go before equal marriage is signed into law for England and Wales.
PM: I will ‘listen carefully’ to the idea of allowing civil partnerships for heterosexuals — but I am a ‘marriage man’ 34
12:45 PM — David Cameron says he will “listen carefully” to idea of making civil partnerships open to straight couples – but adds: “I’m a marriage man”.
Campaigners urge Australia to ‘catch up’ on same-sex marriage and follow Britain’s lead 5
11:45 AM — An equality organisation in Australia has urged the country’s federal government to follow the lead of the UK Government in legalising same-sex marriages.
Ed Miliband celebrates equal marriage vote and says ‘this is a proud day for Britain’ 13
10:55 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has spoken of his delight at last night’s decision of MPs to back same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
5th February 2013
MPs vote 400 to 175 to pass same-sex marriage bill 120
7:15 PM — MPs have voted for the government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - following an afternoon of heated debate in the House of Commons.
Gay Tory MP Mike Freer: ‘I’m simply asking for equal treatment’ 7
5:12 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has received warm praise on Twitter for delivering a heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality in the House of Commons.
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes criticises the Government over same-sex marriage plans 17
5:11 PM — Speaking at the debate around the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill in the House of Commons today, the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes called for the government to "proceed slowly" with the bill to attain the "maximum consensus."
Green MP Caroline Lucas: Today is a momentous moment for marriage equality 6
4:00 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has described today’s debate and pending vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) as a historic occasion.
MPs complain of ‘vitriolic’ abuse from anti and pro-equal marriage supporters 6
3:39 PM — MPs have remarked on the "deeply unpleasant" nature of emails they have received over same-sex marriage, with one anonymous MP claiming some have decided to vote in favour because of the "appalling" opposition fervor.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller: Parliament should value people equally in the law and marriage is for everyone 4
3:00 PM — All couples who enter into a lifelong commitment should be able to call their relationship marriage, Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, has told MPs.
Yvette Cooper: Parliament has the chance today to support loving gay couples 7
2:10 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has given a robust defence of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – ahead of this evening’s vote.
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes to vote against timetable for equal marriage bill 30
12:45 PM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has said that he will vote against the timetabling motion for the equal marriage bill in today's vote, because he thought the timetable was "rushed".
Catholic Tory MP Conor Burns: As a gay man I don’t see how I can vote against equality 9
12:34 PM — Conor Burns, the gay Tory MP, who previously expressed his reservations about introducing equal marriage, says he is now inclined to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Equalities Minister Helen Grant: Tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples is ‘off the table for now’ 2
11:42 AM — Conservative Equalities Minister Helen Grant says the government will not be offering tax breaks to married and civil partnered couples in next month’s Budget.
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
Ed Balls: I’m really pleased David Cameron is introducing same-sex marriage and I think it’s brave 10
10:36 AM — Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised Prime Minister David Cameron’s commitment to equal marriage, ahead of today’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
4th February 2013
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley: Most people support same-sex marriage and it’s not a ‘big deal’ 13
6:00 PM — Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley has given a robust defence of David Cameron’s support for same-sex marriage and says the media’s interest in sex has “overblown” the debate.