25th January 2013
Comment: As a Rabbi, I’m praying for common sense over the same-sex marriage bill debate 7
2:45 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of the Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism says that he looks forward to being able to marry couples whether they are same-sex or opposite sex. He urges for common sense in the passing of the legislation.
Yvette Cooper: I’m glad to be supporting the government’s same-sex marriage bill 10
1:16 PM — Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, has welcomed the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
US: Separated lesbian couple to testify on behalf of sperm donor ordered to pay child support 6
12:33 PM — A Separated lesbian couple have both been summoned to testify on behalf of a sperm donor, with whom they had made a written agreement, but who was ordered to pay child support after they split up.
Comment: As Quakers we rejoice at the Government’s bill to make same-sex marriage legal 28
11:08 AM — Paul Parker, the Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain writes for PinkNews on the joy he and his organisation feels now that the the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has been published.
Government publishes same-sex marriage bill for England & Wales 51
10:48 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been published.
Maria Miller: Teachers won’t be forced to promote same-sex marriage but they must not discriminate or offend 22
9:35 AM — Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities has attempted to dampen fears that teachers could face action for telling children they oppose same-sex marriages.
24th January 2013
Rhode Island’s House of Representatives passes same-sex marriage bill 10
11:30 PM — Rhode Island's House of Representatives has this evening overwhelmingly passed a same-sex marriage equality bill. The final vote was 51 in favour and 19 against.
Politician: I want a tolerant Northern Ireland — but I’m against gay marriage and civil partnerships 53
7:13 PM — Democratic Unionist Party MLA Jonathan Bell says he wants Northern Ireland to be "a tolerant and inclusive society" but claims there are “no grounds to redefine marriage”.
Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons 86
11:37 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
US: Gay civil unions bill passes first vote in Colorado 9
1:57 AM — On Wednesday, a bill to legalise civil unions in the US state of Colorado passed its first vote, bring the state one step closer to allowing same-sex unions.
23rd January 2013
Comment: The boundaries of tolerance 20
7:03 PM — Don't be fooled by the victim narrative of religious lobby groups, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews. In a society of competing ideas, cultures and aspirations, individual liberty is sacrosanct.
US: Colorado could vote on civil unions this week 2
5:56 PM — Colorado lawmakers will soon vote on a measure to allow gay couples civil unions. The measure is expected to pass its first vote.
Scotland: SNP local chair quits over Scottish equal marriage proposals 28
3:41 PM — A Scottish National Party official has resigned after 22 years, and said that one of his reasons for doing so was Alex Salmond's plans to legalise equal marriage.
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal 19
11:37 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh wants to amend the Equality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of a person's definition of marriage, citing the case of a manager fired for saying he was against equal marriage on Facebook.
Tory MP Tim Loughton: Gay people have told me they ‘don’t want to get married’ 73
10:51 AM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has restated his opposition to equal marriage and has once again said: “marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
US: Rhode Island state house committee ‘resoundingly endorses’ equal marriage bill 6
2:50 AM — The US state of Rhode Island was one step closer to legalising equal marriage, after its House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill which would make it legal.
Taiwan: Gay couple withdraw lawsuit against the state for ban on equal marriage 2
2:13 AM — A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, have said they will withdraw their case tomorrow.
Israel: Anti-gay marriage Jewish Home party wins seats in general election 8
12:02 AM — The Jewish Home party (Habayit Hayehudi), is predicted to have won 12 seats, less than was originally expected, in the Israeli general election held on Tuesday. Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to stay on as prime minister of a right-wing coalition.
22nd January 2013
Long-standing Tory local chairman quits over equal marriage ‘attack on family values’ 17
5:39 PM — A long time local chairman for the Conservative party has resigned over the coalition government's efforts to legalise marriage equality, saying the Prime Minster had "lost touch" with his party and attacked "family values".