25th June 2013
US Supreme Court to rule on key equal marriage cases on Wednesday 3
3:36 PM — The US Supreme Court has added Wednesday as the final day of opinions for this session, and is expected to give decisions on two key equal marriage cases.
24th June 2013
Baroness Deech: If gays can marry, cohabiting sisters should be allowed civil partnerships 110
11:16 PM — The eventual passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, could lead to cohabiting relatives, or carers, being given the same legal status as married couples, the House of Lords has heard.
US Supreme Court adds Tuesday as possible day for opinions on equal marriage cases 2
5:41 PM — The US Supreme Court has added Tuesday to the calendar as an extra day on which it could issue opinions on two key equal marriage cases.
Lord Alli withdraws his pensions amendment to the equal marriage bill 26
3:57 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli’s amendment to equalise pension provision for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits has been withdrawn.
US Supreme Court expected to add extra days of announcements as no opinions on equal marriage cases
3:33 PM — Despite reaching the final scheduled day, the US Supreme Court again failed to issue a ruling on two key equal marriage cases, and is now expected to add extra days to give its opinion.
Live blog: Highlights from the House of Lords committee on same-sex marriage 35
3:00 PM — As part of the final day of the committee stage, peers are scrutinising the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and debating amendments.
US: Same-sex wedding held opposite Westboro Baptist Church 5
12:44 PM — A Same-sex wedding was held opposite the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church last saturday.
Liberty: Pensions inequality remains in marriage bill 9
12:30 PM — The Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, writes on how there remains one obstacle to full marriage equality in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Coalition for Marriage: ‘Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have unfairly dominated the equal marriage debate’ 61
10:58 AM — Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Coalition for Marriage spokesperson Dr Sharon James says Liberal Judaism, the Unitarians and the Quakers have been given “a disproportionate amount of time” in the debate for equal marriage at the expense of “mainstream Christian people”.
Video: Scottish campaign for equal marriage launches ‘It’s Time’ celebrity video campaign 15
12:00 AM — The Scottish Equality Network, the key LGBT group campagining for equal marriage north of the border, has launched a video campaign modelled on the English Out4Marriage campaign to help convince the public and politicians of the need for same-sex marriage.
23rd June 2013
Baroness D’Souza: The vote against Lord Dear’s fatal amendment was a ‘massive defeat’ for him 25
2:11 PM — The Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza, said the vote against Lord Dear's anti-equal marriage bill amendment was a "massive, massive defeat" for him, but warned that further "ping-pong" debate on various issues within the bill would be imminent.
22nd June 2013
Tory MPs write ‘alternative queen’s speech’ urging referendum on equal marriage 80
5:02 PM — Conservative MPs have drawn up an 'alternative queen's speech', including policies to hold a referendum on equal marriage, bring back the death penalty, ban the wearing of burkas in public and to rename a public holiday after Margaret Thatcher.
21st June 2013
Lord Stoddart urges for potential withdrawal from European Court due to equal marriage bill 56
5:58 PM — Former Labour MP Lord Stoddart says the UK must be prepared to leave the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) if it comes into conflict with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.
Tory MP David Burrowes: The equal marriage bill will lead to an ‘adulterer’s charter’ 87
11:24 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has accused the government of creating an “adulterer’s charter” as part of its equal marriage reforms.
20th June 2013
Brighton: Anti-equal marriage ex-Green councillor to debate issue with pro-gay Tory MP 30
7:13 PM — Former Green councillor Christina Summers who resigned from her party in protest at its decision to support equal marriage will debate the issue this evening alongside Conservative MP Simon Kirby.
Tory MP Matthew Offord: Equal marriage ‘is an attack on religion’ 68
5:24 PM — Conservative MP Matthew Offord has compared the equal marriage bill to part of what he sees as an anti-religious campaign.
The state of play on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords committee stage 44
1:51 AM — As the House of Lords has just wrapped up Wednesday's second day of debates around the equal marriage bill in its committee stage, here is the simple state of play on the bill.
19th June 2013
Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.
Amendments urging for civil registrars to opt out of equal marriage ceremonies withdrawn from bill 10
7:04 PM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill seeking to allow civil registrars to opt out of providing same-sex marriages have been withdrawn.
Watch LIVE: House of Lords debates same-sex marriage amendments
4:22 PM — Watch peers in the House of Lords during the second day of debates over amendments to the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill.