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.
Baroness Knight: The gays are still good at antiques and Section 28 was right 61
10:53 AM — Baroness Knight shows no sign of looking to curb her bizarre attempts at making platitudes towards the gay community following her comments during the House of Lords equal marriage debate.
7th June 2013
Comment: Equal marriage will boost the economy 14
10:27 PM — Paul Donovan, global economist at UBS, writes on the economic benefits of legalising equal marriage and says opponents are "Luddites".
Michael Portillo: The Tories are nowhere near as divided on equal marriage as the Churches 21
7:53 PM — In his regular appearance on BBC’s This Week, former Conservative MP Michael Portillo said the real divisions on equal marriage lie not within his old party – but in both the Anglican and Catholic churches.
Labour Lord Alli: We won the equal marriage vote but there is still a long way to go 26
2:40 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour peer Lord Alli, the first openly gay peer to be appointed, says he was stunned by the House of Lords decision to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill with such an overwhelming majority, and has paid tribute to Conservative peer Lord Jenkin for his powerful equal marriage speech.
Catholic Church: We will continue to oppose the equal marriage bill in the Lords 45
12:59 PM — The Catholic Church says it plans to continue actively opposing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on the grounds of religious “protections” following this week’s vote in the House of Lords.
Ashcroft poll: Only 15% would be less likely to vote for a party due to its support for equal marriage 12
12:01 PM — A new poll by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft suggests equal marriage is unlikely to draw voters away from supporting a particular party.
Labour fear Lord Dear will table a new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 43
10:57 AM — Labour peer Lord Alli believes the equal marriage opponent and crossbench peer Lord Dear is still intent on trying to derail the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – although Lord Dear denies the claims.
6th June 2013
Ann Widdecombe: I wouldn’t have enjoyed serving under David Cameron because of equal marriage 65
8:38 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe says she wouldn’t have enjoyed being in the current Coalition Government because of its support for equal marriage.
Priest causes row by calling Justin Welby a ‘wanker’ on Facebook for equal marriage opposition 56
5:42 PM — An argument has erupted among clergy members in the Church of England, after a priest wrote on Facebook that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, was a "wanker" for continually opposing the Government's attempts to legalise equal marriage.
Baroness Knight criticised for her ‘silly’ remarks about gay people and antiques 41
3:46 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised Baroness Knight over her bizarre attempts at platitudes towards the gay community.
Tory Lord Jenkin: The Lords equal marriage vote was a victory for common decency 51
2:34 PM — Having delivered one of the most powerful and widely read speeches in support of equal marriage during this week’s House of Lords debate, the Conservative peer and former health secretary, Lord Jenkin of Roding, writes exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk.
Comment: We must continue to lobby the Lords on equal marriage as the bill still faces hurdles 21
11:32 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Matthew Sephton, chairman of LGBTory, says it's important to remember the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill still faces hurdles in the House of Lords, despite Tuesday’s successful vote.
5th June 2013
Church of England officially gives up the fight against same-sex marriage bill 123
8:38 PM — The Church of England has said that it accepts that there is a clear majority in Parliament to introduce same-sex marriage and that it will therefore end its opposition to changing the law.
Tory Lord Fowler: We face an ‘historical battle’ when it comes to HIV global funding 3
3:34 PM — Lord Fowler says the UK faces an “historic battle” when it comes to dealing with the HIV epidemic at an international level.
Chief Rabbi abstains in House of Lords equal marriage vote 27
2:16 PM — The Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, abstained in last night’s House of Lords vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Baroness Knight: Gays can’t have children, but are good at antiques 141
1:25 PM — Speaking on the BBC 5 Live Breakfast Show, Baroness Knight, who gave a speech in the House of Lords against equal marriage, and said that gay people are "delightful, very artistic", reiterated her stance against the measure, and that marriage should be primarily for procreation.
This is what equal marriage is all about: Lesbian couple appeal for their son to have ‘married mummies’ 4
11:31 AM — Among the supporters of same-sex marriage outside the Palace of Westminster last night, PinkNews spotted a lesbian couple with their son who are desperate to marry.
Tory Faith Minister Baroness Warsi abstains in equal marriage Lords vote 51
10:39 AM — Having previously indicated she would vote in favour, Baroness Warsi, refused to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in last night’s House of Lords vote.