5th February 2013
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.
Peter Tatchell: Tory opponents to equal marriage are a ‘bigoted’ minority 5
4:27 PM — Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s House of Commons vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Peter Tatchell has said that opponents to the bill in the Conservative Party were a minority and did not represent the views of the party.
Jeremy Hunt: ‘Religious freedom is not just for straight people’ 9
2:31 PM — Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, spoke out on Sunday in support of the upcoming equal marriage bill, saying that "religious freedom is not just for heterosexuals".
David Cameron to defend equal marriage policy amid vociferous Tory revolt 16
1:03 PM — David Cameron will reportedly speak out in favour of equal marriage later this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s first vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, according to the Times.
Tory MP Caroline Dinenage: Banning gay couples from marrying ‘takes nothing away from their relationship’ 39
10:55 AM — Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage has told a PinkNews reader that the “state has no right” to redefine its meaning of marriage - she is the daughter of ITV regional news presenter Fred Dinenage.
1st February 2013
Ed Miliband predicts ‘big turnout’ for Labour in support of same-sex marriage vote 32
5:52 PM — Ed Miliband has predicted that the majority of his party's MPs will support equal marriage when it goes to a vote on Tuesday.
‘God-fearing’ Tory Equalities Minister Helen Grant defends same-sex marriage bill 10
3:22 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant has responded to critics of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and pledged her support for it, saying she feels it is "absolutely consistent" with her Christian beliefs and Conservative politics.
Two-thirds of Tory MPs could refuse to back same-sex marriage bill says MP David Burrowes 27
11:43 AM — As few as one in three Conservative MPs will support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, in next week’s vote, according to Tory MP David Burrowes.
31st January 2013
Poll: 91% of gay people in the UK support equal marriage 27
2:03 PM — A new YouGov poll has found that 91% of gay people support marriage equality.