17th June 2013
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".
14th June 2013
Pro-equal marriage rally to take place on Monday ahead of House of Lords committee stage 8
5:17 PM — Supporters of equal marriage have organised a rally in favour of the bill for England and Wales, which will take place on Monday, the same day the bill goes to the House of Lords for committee stage.
Equal marriage bill amendment calls for decision to be made in 2015 referendum 50
3:54 PM — An amendment to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, calls for a referendum on the issue of equal marriage, and would mean that even if passed at all stages, the law would not come into effect until voters approved it at a referendum.
In meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pope does not specify marriage as between man and woman 11
3:15 PM — Pope Francis addressed the same-sex marriage issue on Friday in the Vatican, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values "based on marriage."
New straight civil partnerships amendment tabled for equal marriage bill in House of Lords 11
2:50 PM — An amendment has been tabled for the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, which would allow straight couples to enter into civil partnerships, amidst fears that such an amendment could wreck the bill.
Lord Carey tables amendment to undermine equal marriage bill by calling for ‘two tiered’ marriage 29
1:18 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, is seeking to wreck the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, by tabling an amendment suggesting that there be two "tiers" of marriage.
Committee says UK Government did not consult adequately with the Church in Wales on equal marriage bill 9
11:17 AM — A Welsh Assembly committee report says the UK Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales would have effectively banned the Church in Wales from carrying out marriages for same-sex couples in its original drafting.
13th June 2013
Lord Hylton tables new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 62
2:04 PM — Lord Hylton, the peer who accused gay people of stealing the word ‘gay’ from its original meaning, has tabled a new wrecking amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Anti-equal marriage activist names Tour de France as target for protest 8
1:39 PM — Opposition to France's equal marriage law have said they will use the "extraordinary international visibility" of the Tour de France to protest in an attempt to get the recently established law repealed.
Tory Lord Mawhinney tables ‘traditional marriage’ amendment for equal marriage bill 62
11:12 AM — Lord Mawhinney has tabled a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, urging for heterosexual marriages to be lawfully described as “traditional marriage”.
12th June 2013
Lord Dear proposes new amendment to equal marriage bill concerning ‘traditional marriage’ 60
4:14 PM — Lord Dear is proposing a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), protecting those who believe marriage is “the union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others.”
Croatia to stage twelfth pride march in protest for equal marriage 6
1:18 PM — A Croatian gay pride parade will take to the streets on Saturday against a backdrop of a proposed referendum to define marriage as a heterosexual union.
11th June 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with Pope Francis 29
7:11 PM — United in their opposition towards equal marriage, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will meet Pope Francis for the first time later this week.
Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce: I’m called a ‘homophobe’ and ‘Uncle Tom’ for opposing equal marriage 103
12:18 PM — As part of a feature for the BBC News website entitled “The gay people against gay marriage” Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce says his opposition to equal marriage means he’s denounced by his critics as a “homophobe and Uncle Tom”.
10th June 2013
Buckingham Palace consulted in debate over same-sex marriages in Westminster chapel 12
6:12 PM — Buckingham Palace has been drawn into the debate around whether or not equal marriage ceremonies should take place at a chapel within the Palace of Westminster.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen: Equal marriage is the last straw, Cameron has to go 35
5:07 PM — Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen says Prime Minister David Cameron’s championing of equal marriage "has fuelled the rise of UKIP" and he has asked for a no confidence vote.