4th June 2013
Live blog: Highlights from House of Lords debate on Marriage (Same Sex marriage) Bill 3
10:00 AM —
Gay Tory peer Lord Black: ‘I am a passionate supporter of equal marriage because I believe in family values’ 17
12:24 AM — Lord Black of Brentwood, the first openly gay Conservative peer, gave an impassioned speech today during the House of Lords debate on equal marriage, saying he "passionately" supported the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, saying marriage is "the bedrock of society".
Lord Jenkin: I was taught that condemning a homosexual is the same as condemning someone with red hair 28
12:00 AM — A member of Mrs Thatcher's cabinet, Lord (Patrick) Jenkin of Roding, told the House of Lords debate on equal marriage that he was taught by his renowned scientist grandfather Frewin Jenkin, that condemning a homosexual is the same as condemning someone for having red hair.
3rd June 2013
US: Illinois lawmakers apologise to equal marriage advocates for no vote on bill 2
11:36 PM — Lawmakers in the US state of Illinois have written an open letter apologising to advocates of equal marriage in the state because on Friday, the last day in the legislative session, a bill to legalise marriage equality failed to be called for a vote, despite passing in the Senate in February.
Photos: Equal marriage vigil outside the Houses of Parliament 15
10:54 PM — This evening, pro-equality campaigners and politicians gathered outside the Houses of Parliament to hold a vigil in favour of same-sex marriage.
Baroness Knight: Parliament can’t help blind people see, so can’t help ‘artistic’ gays get married 129
7:13 PM — During the second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, Tory peer Baroness Jill Knight, who introduced Section 28, compared being gay to being blind, said that gay people were "delightful, very artistic", and said the bill was "built on lies".
Tory Baroness Stowell opens equal marriage debate with a joke about her love of George Clooney 7
6:40 PM — Baroness Stowell of Beeston, the Conservative peer with responsibility to take the same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords opened the debate on equality with a passionate speech that included a joke about wanting George Clooney to propose to her.
Over eight thousand LobbyALord messages sent to peers to support equal marriage 9
6:21 PM — Using the new site from Out4Marriage, to enable members of the public to LobbyALord to support equal marriage during the current equal marriage debate, over 8,000 messages have been sent to peers.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: I support equality but cannot vote for the equal marriage bill 21
5:35 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has spoken during the debate on the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, to say that, despite personally supporting equality, and saying he regretted the church's treatment of LGBT people, he would not support it.
Lord Dear: Equal marriage will lead to ‘children acting out gay weddings in class’ 54
4:24 PM — Speaking during the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill's second reading in the House of Lords, former chief constable of the West Midlands, Lord Dear, said that moves towards equal marriage meant the rights of gay people were "outstripping" the rights of families, and that children will be made to "act out gay weddings in class", if it passes.
Live: Watch the House of Lords same-sex marriage debate 15
3:10 PM — You can watch the House of Lords debate on the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill live on PinkNews
Lord Carey rants about marriage but agrees with the merits of a corporate GMail account with PinkNews reader 15
11:35 AM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has ranted by email that marriage can only be between one man and one woman and discussed the merits of a corporate Google Mail (GMail) account with a PinkNews reader.
Yvette Cooper: The government needs to remember who the real opponents of equal marriage are 11
10:18 AM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to remember “who the opponents are” of the same-sex marriage bill in the wake of last week’s row about House of Lords timetabling.
2nd June 2013
Lord Alli: The Church of England is hypocritical for opposing equal marriage 50
8:58 PM — Lord Waheed Alli, Labour peer and one of just a handful of openly gay Muslim politicians globally, has said he believes many peers who now oppose same-sex marriage will come to regret their views in time.
Archbishop of Canterbury to call for amendments to equal marriage bill 76
5:26 PM — In the upcoming vote on equal marriage legislation in the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury will call for concessions to be made for teachers and faith schools, as the Church of England has reportedly "resigned" itself to same-sex marriage becoming law.
Illinois same-sex marriage bill given lifesaving deadline extension 8
10:05 AM — In a move that may save the state's same-sex marriage bill from failure, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan quietly moved on Friday to extend the bill's deadline to August.
Tory Grassroots warn equal marriage will smash family values 74
9:33 AM — Tory activists have urged the House of Lords to reject the same-sex marriage bill in Tuesdays vote, arguing it will weaken the bringing up of children and devalue the family.
1st June 2013
Religious leaders urge David Cameron to drop equal marriage bill before Lords debate 66
7:03 PM — Fifty British faith leaders have come together to sign a letter urging the Prime MInister to drop the Marriage (same sex marriage) Bill, before it goes to the House of Lords next week for its second reading.
Grindr comes Out4Marriage and urges a million users to LobbyALord for equal marriage 13
6:02 PM — The world's largest gay dating app Grindr has come Out4Marriage, urging over a million UK users to lobby peers in the House of Lords ahead of next week's debate around the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill.
Comment: How I campaigned to change the age of consent a world away from equal marriage, by Edwina Currie 21
5:14 PM — Ahead of next week's historic vote on same-sex marriage, PinkNews asked former Conservative Health minister Edwina Currie, who fought against the odds to change the age of consent in 1994, to reflect on her battle.