12th July 2013
Equal marriage rally at House of Lords organised for Third Reading vote 12
5:16 PM — A rally has been organised for the Houses of Parliament, ahead of the House of Lords Third Reading and final vote on Monday.
Best of @Out4Marriage: Sir Richard Branson says Virgin treats everyone the same so the law should too 1
4:23 PM — As the campaign for same-sex marriage in England and Wales draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at our Out4Marriage campaign and some of the most important videos that were released. Here is the astonishingly powerful video by the founder of Virgin, Sir Richard Branson.
Video: Christian Concern says ‘Pray4Marriage’ ahead of anti-equal marriage rally 58
11:43 AM — Christian Concern has released a dramatic video urging for opponents of equal marriage to take part in a rally outside Parliament on Monday in order to coincide with the House of Lords’ third reading debate and vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
11th July 2013
George Osborne: Tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships to be in Autumn Statement 11
5:41 PM — Chancellor George Osborne says a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners is likely to be in the Autumn Statement.
10th July 2013
Equal marriage bill passes Report Stage in House of Lords 24
11:42 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has passed through its Report stage in the House of Lords, and is now set for its Third Reading next Monday.
Lord Singh amendment calling for equal marriage referendum withdrawn in Lords debate 16
11:32 PM — An amendment which would have meant a referendum on equal marriage, even if the equal marriage bill for England and Wales were to pass, has been withdrawn at Report stage.
Geoffrey Howe’s wife Baroness Howe demands government provides equal survivor benefits for gay couples 15
7:24 PM — Baroness Howe of Idlicote has pleaded with the government to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex couples, invoking the spirit of the US Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defence of Marriage Act in her argument.
Equal marriage bill amendment to include cohabiting family members rejected 11
6:51 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would extend civil partnership rights to cohabiting family members and carers, has been rejected by peers at Report Stage.
Two-tier marriage amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 5
5:21 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have differentiated between same-sex and opposite sex marriages, has been withdrawn at Report Stage.
Lord Alli amendment to equalise pensions in equal marriage bill withdrawn 15
4:41 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill to equalise pension benefits provisions for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits, has been withdrawn.
Watch LIVE: House of Lords debate same-sex marriage and equal pension rights for gay couples
4:01 PM — The House of Lords are debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, in particular equal private pension schemes for gay couples
9th July 2013
Lord West: Gay members of the armed forces suffered ‘degrading treatment’ in the 90s 41
5:01 PM — A former First Sea Lord says he was “shocked and appalled” at the way gay people were once treated in the armed forces.
Equal marriage amendment to make those in civil partnerships say vows to ‘convert’ to marriage rejected 12
4:34 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which would have forced couples already in civil partnerships to have a ceremony in order to be legally considered "married", was rejected at Report stage.
Baroness Knight: Registrars opposed to equal marriage are like pacifists during the First World War 39
3:52 PM — Speaking during Report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Baroness Knight compared those opposed to equal marriage to conscientious objectors during the First World War.
Professor Lord Winston and Tory minister Baroness Stowell: Children ‘do better’ with gay parents 33
2:28 PM — Two peers in the House of Lords noted research which finds that children raised by gay couples "do better" than children raised by opposite sex couples.
Humanist wedding review amendment included in equal marriage bill 20
2:43 AM — A Government-introduced amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Marriage) Bill to ensure a full review and public consultation on humanist weddings, has been added to the bill.
Tory minister jokes that she is married to George Clooney but that he has gay affairs, in Lords debate 20
1:38 AM — As the nine hours of debate around equal marriage drew to a close in the House of Lords this evening, the peers began to get inventive in using examples of fantasy marriages to George Clooney, in order to give legal definitions of issues such as adultery.
Lord Dear’s amendment to ‘protect’ teachers from being forced to ‘endorse’ equal marriage defeated 22
12:04 AM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have "protected" teachers from being forced to "endorse" equal marriage, has been defeated in a vote in the House of Lords.
8th July 2013
WATCH LIVE: House of Lords continues debate on same-sex marriage 8
9:08 PM — The House of Lords is continuing its debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill
Amendment to allow registrars to opt out of marrying gay couples defeated in Lords 19
7:12 PM — An amendment to allow civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples has been defeated in the House of Lords.