20th June 2013
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Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.
Amendments urging for civil registrars to opt out of equal marriage ceremonies withdrawn from bill 10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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill seeking to allow civil registrars to opt out of providing same-sex marriages have been withdrawn.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.
Tory MP John Glen criticises Bishop of Salisbury for voicing support for equal marriage 43
1:26 PM — A Conservative MP who is against same-sex marriage has criticised the Bishop of Salisbury for comparing those who oppose the reform to Christians who defended slavery and apartheid.
Humanist weddings and equal marriage pension rights to be debated by peers 9
11:42 AM — Plans for humanist weddings and pension rights for those in same-sex marriages will feature in this afternoon’s House of Lords debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
18th June 2013
Amendments allowing registrars to opt out of equal marriage withdrawn in House of Lords 25
1:23 PM — As the House of Lords committee stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill began yesterday, peers debated whether registrars, as public servants, should be allowed to opt out of performing same-sex weddings if they conscientiously objected to them.
Equal marriage opponent Lord Dear withdraws bill amendments 20
11:36 AM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by equal marriage critic Lord Dear were withdrawn last night – although the former Chief Constable has warned he may re-introduce additional measures seeking greater legal protections for opponents at a later stage.
Archbishop of York: Would the Church of England rather bless ‘sheep and trees’ than gay couples? 85
12:08 AM — The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, addressed the question of the Church of England's opposition to equal marriage, and the issue of whether or not it will bless civil unions, asking if the issue has been "given enough space".
17th June 2013
US: Baltimore Pride features mass same-sex wedding
6:30 PM — During this year's Baltimore Pride parade, the city's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated a mass wedding of over 20 couples, in an emotional and symbolic move.
Lord Hylton anti-equal marriage ‘union’ amendment withdrawn 17
6:26 PM — An amendment by equal marriage opponent Lord Hylton that suggested the word “union” is strong enough to describe the bond between gay couples has now been withdrawn from being included in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lord Dear tells PinkNews reader: ‘I want to improve the equal marriage bill and I’m not homophobic’ 28
5:26 PM — Crossbench peer Lord Dear has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader that it’s wrong to conclude that his concerns on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill means he is homophobic.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams to support anti-equal marriage ‘union’ amendment 72
4:22 PM — Baroness Shirley Williams says she will support an amendment by equal marriage opponent Lord Hylton
Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore: Chief Rabbi wrong not to vote again equal marriage 16
3:35 PM — Former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore has criticised the Chief Rabbi for not voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during this month’s second reading the House of Lords
New ‘Gay Marriage No Thanks’ group launches with ‘ten good reasons’ to oppose equal marriage 118
1:44 PM — A new anti-equal marriage group called ‘Gay Marriage No Thanks', which has former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig as its spokesman, has taken out an advert in The Times.
UK: Government to decide on civil partnerships for heterosexuals by winter 2014 9
12:45 PM — The government has announced its intention to launch a full public consultation in the autumn to kick start a review of the future of civil partnerships, and a final decision will be taken by the winter 2014.
House of Lords to resume debate of equal marriage bill 6
11:46 AM — The House of Lords will resume debate of the government’s same-sex marriage bill this afternoon.
Maria Miller tables Public Order Act amendment protecting critics of equal marriage 67
11:15 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller will propose that the Public Order Act be amended to protect critics of same-sex marriage in today's House of Lords committee on the same-sex marriage bill.
15th June 2013
Gay rights opponent Tory MP Edward Leigh knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 56
12:13 PM — Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, one of the fiercest critics of equal rights for lesbian and gay people, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Lord Tebbit: I wouldn’t have been surprised if Jimmy Savile was homosexual 88
12:04 PM — Lord Norman Tebbit, the former Conservative Party chairman, gave a candid interview defending himself against accusations of homophobia while suggesting Jimmy Savile seemed gay and that same-sex couples who wish to get married should "go and do something else".