29th May 2013
Party Whips accused of threatening an MP’s career over equal marriage opposition 21
6:27 PM — In a letter sent to peers ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, a group of MPs have accused party Whips of threatening the careers of MPs opposed to equal marriage, despite there being a free vote on the Bill in the House of Commons.
Labour fear late night House of Lords vote could threaten equal marriage bill 27
6:21 PM — Shadow equalities minister Baroness Glenys Thornton says David Cameron has been “absolutely brilliant" in his support for equal marriage, but warns a late night vote in the House of Lords next week could put the same-sex marriage bill at risk.
France: Landmark first same-sex wedding takes place in Montpellier 33
5:12 PM — France's first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the city of Montpellier, with the presence of the world's media, and which was described by the city's mayor as "historic".
France: Media awaits as guests arrive through security for first same-sex wedding 11
4:03 PM — The media are awaiting the beginning of France's first same-sex wedding in Montpellier, which is set to take place in less than an hour, as guests arrive, bags are checked, and security is on high alert.
France: Montpellier on high alert as first same-sex couple get ready to marry 8
1:48 PM — The French city of Montpellier is on high alert for the country's first ever same-sex wedding, which is to take place later today, as supporters gear up for the landmark ceremony, and police are on high alert due to threats against the city's mayor.
Comment: Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks can vote for me to have the freedom to marry the man I love 24
11:10 AM — PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen has written a column for the Jewish News newspaper to urge the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to carefully consider the upcoming House of Lords vote on same-sex marriage.
28th May 2013
France: Francois Hollande accused of introducing equal marriage ‘to satisfy lobby that financed him’ 11
5:31 PM — French President Francois Hollande, has been accused by one of the leaders of the anti-equal marriage campaign, of only introducing equal marriage "to satisfy the lobby that financed him".
France: First same-sex wedding to be held in Montpellier 5
2:13 PM — A French couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier tomorrow, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic as the first same-sex ceremony in the country, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage, which was signed into law earlier this month.
27th May 2013
New Zealand’s ‘gay rainbow’ MP: ‘Be Ye Not Afraid of same-sex marriage’ 7
8:46 PM — Maurice Williamson, the New Zealand MP for Pakuranga whose pro-equal marriage speech went viral, has written an open letter to Australia and the rest of the world in defence of same-sex marriage.
Ian Paisley Jr: Same-sex marriage is a significantly damaging change to society 56
7:10 PM — Ian Paisley Jr told a Christian television channel that same-sex marriage is an "attack on society", adding that he wants to distance himself from his media portrayal as a "hateful person".
Comment: The equal marriage bill is not really about equality at all 80
5:52 PM — Writing for PinkNews, the former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig, expands on a letter he wrote to Lyn Brown MP, denying claims that he said polygamy should be included in the equal marriage bill, but claiming that same-sex marriage does not truly aim for equality.
Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.
NFL player: I have gay relatives, but am ‘not with’ those who support equal marriage 65
5:20 PM — A former teammate of NFL player and equal marriage advocate Chris Kluwe, has spoken out to say that he does not support equal marriage, despite having gay relatives.
Comment: Homophobia in the Democratic Unionist Party 22
2:48 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding reflects on homophobia in Northern Ireland, and the attitude of the Democratic Unionist Party towards gay rights.
France: Violent anti-equal marriage protesters clash with riot police in Paris 63
12:32 AM — At the end of a day of tense, but relatively peaceful anti-equal marriage protests, which saw tens of thousands take to the streets of Paris, riot police have clashed with hundreds of violent demonstrators.
26th May 2013
Peers plan revolt against equal marriage bill as it goes to Lords 93
2:54 PM — Peers in the House of Lords, are planning a final attempt to block the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, as it goes to the House of Lords.
Top Conservative donors threaten to quit party over equal marriage bill 24
2:33 PM — The Conservative Party is facing more turmoil as some of its top donors have threatened to quit the party over issues such as equal marriage.
France: 200,000 expected for anti-equal marriage rally 29
1:21 PM — Hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out today in Paris to protest against the recently signed law, which allows equal marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.
24th May 2013
Nick Clegg: I am proud to fly the rainbow flag at Whitehall, and hope others will be too 17
5:26 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has said he was "proud" to fly the rainbow flag at Whitehall last year for the very first time, and said he hopes other departments will do the same this year.
French anti-equal marriage leader pulls out of rally for fear of violence 19
2:50 PM — Leader of anti-equal marriage protests, and comedian, Frigide Barjot, has said she has decided not to attend a rally against the recently passed legislation for equal marriage, on Sunday,for fear that protests will turn violent.