16th October 2013
Tory MP with mixed record on gay rights elected deputy speaker 8
7:01 PM — Eleanor Laing, who abstained from this year's vote on equal marriage, claiming people in her constituency still needed time to get used to civil partnerships, has been elected deputy speaker of the Commons.
4th October 2013
Gay MP Nigel Evans to stand trial over sex charges in March 2014
3:18 PM — Nigel Evans, the former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, will stand trial in connection with charges of multiple sex offences in March 2014, it has been announced.
18th September 2013
Gay MP Nigel Evans appears in court over sex charges
10:54 AM — Nigel Evans, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has made his first court appearance after being charged with sex offences.
10th September 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans re-arrested on two further indecent assault allegations
2:11 PM — The openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of two more counts of indecent assault.
25th August 2013
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
22nd July 2013
Lib Dem MP responds to criticism over anti-homophobia campaign: ‘Most people are sick of homophobia’ 24
8:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Leech, the supporter of a campaign to eradicate homophobia in football, has responded to a letter from a disgruntled constituent who accused him of trying to "brainwash children".
18th July 2013
Maria Miller: Equal marriage would have made suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst proud 6
12:23 PM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller says that Wednesday's Royal Assent of equal marriage fits a proud tradition of British social reform, including the suffragette campaigns of the women's rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst.
19th June 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans: ‘I continue to refute all allegations’
3:55 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, has said he "refutes all allegations" after being arrested on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault.
17th June 2013
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.
10th June 2013
Police investigate explosion at gay MP’s constituency office 3
11:57 AM — Lincolnshire Police has launched an investigation following a minor explosion at the constituency office of gay Conservative MP Nick Boles.
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.
5th June 2013
Tory MP cleared by tribunal over lesbian housekeeper threesome allegations
5:46 PM — A Conservative MP has been cleared of allegations that he invited his former housekeeper to join a threesome after an employment tribunal rejected the case.
31st May 2013
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 30
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
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.
20th May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘MPs should vote for heterosexual civil partnerships’ 31
1:47 PM — Peter Tachell notes the popularity of straight civil partnerships in the Netherlands in saying MPs should vote for civil partnerships for heterosexual couples in England and Wales.
Yvette Cooper: ‘David Cameron must show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into Tory wrangling’ 4
1:21 PM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, says she hopes “David Cameron will show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into another vortex of bitter Tory wrangling.”
19th May 2013
Lynne Featherstone: I support opposite-sex civil partnerships but the amendment may be a ‘cynical trap’ 14
7:15 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has said she supports opposite-sex civil partnerships, but is concerned that proposed amendments to the same-sex marriage bill allowing them are being pushed by marriage equality opponents.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans faces third claim of sexual assault
2:20 PM — A man has alleged that he was sexually assaulted by the deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans. It follows two earlier allegations brought against Mr Evans this month.
15th May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".