18th March 2013
Anti-gay Tory MPs call on David Cameron to abandon modernising agenda in video 36
11:05 AM — Several Conservative MPs have called on David Cameron to end his support for progressive policies such as equal marriage.
7th March 2013
Scotland: Christian teacher says being forced to teach about same-sex marriage contributed to a breakdown 33
5:12 PM — A committee of MPs has heard that a Christian teacher in Scotland claims he was forced to teach about same-sex marriage against his wishes – and the stress contributed to a breakdown.
UK: MPs hear of Christian teacher disciplined for refusing to read pro-gay Penguin book to class 52
5:09 PM — A solicitor from the Christian Institute has told a committee of MPs that a primary school teacher was previously disciplined by a head teacher for refusing to read ‘And Tango Makes Three’ – a children’s book about two male penguins looking after a female chick.
1st March 2013
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: ‘David Cameron needs to stop talking about gay marriage’ 65
5:17 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says David Cameron can only win back traditional Tory voters if he stops talking about issues such as same-sex marriage.
UK: Catholic newspaper The Tablet says the Catholic Church needs to ‘make peace with the gay world’ 34
11:33 AM — British Catholic newspaper The Tablet has issued an editorial calling on the Catholic Church to make peace with the gay world and to move on from the issue of marriage equality.
Anti-gay marriage Tory candidate Maria Hutchings loses Eastleigh by-election to pro-equality Lib Dem 25
8:31 AM — Tory Maria Hutchings, who is against same-sex marriage, has been defeated in the Eastleigh by-election by Lib Dem Mike Thornton, a supporter of marriage equality.
21st February 2013
UK: News giant Reuters announces support for same-sex marriage bill 7
11:06 AM — International news and media giant Thomson Reuters, which runs the Reuters news agency, is throwing its weight behind the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
20th February 2013
Registrars should not have to marry gay couples says Tory MP David Burrowes 76
1:07 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes, who last week accused PinkNews of “fomenting hostility” against the opponents of equal marriage, also believes registrars should not have to marry gay couples.
18th February 2013
Leader of Plaid Cymru: MPs should not vote against equal marriage simply over the size of their postbag 8
6:30 PM — The leader of Plaid Cymru is not impressed by those MPs who voted against this month’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill simply on the basis of the amount of negative letters they received.
Peter Tatchell praises Muslim MPs for supporting equal marriage and blasts anti-gay fatwas 15
5:36 PM — A small number of Islamic clerics, who have been issuing fatwas against the decision of several Muslim MPs to vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill, have been criticised by Peter Tatchell.
15th February 2013
Tory MP Sir Roger Gale: My comments against equal marriage had ‘nothing to do with incest’ 24
4:05 PM — Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale says his latest comments against equal marriage had “nothing to do with incest” during a speech against the government’s marriage reforms.
14th February 2013
UK: Equality and Human Rights Commission says same-sex marriage bill poses no threat to religious opponents 12
7:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has dismissed claims that the equal marriage poses a threat to religious freedom.
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather to face two days of protests by Labour for voting against equal marriage 69
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather is to face a weekend of protests by Labour in her north London constituency in response to her decision to vote against the same-sex marriage bill.
13th February 2013
Tory MP Henry Smith: MPs who abstained in the same-sex marriage vote are ‘chickens’ 31
2:41 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has described MPs who abstained in last week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as “chickens”.
12th February 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes: PinkNews is ‘fomenting abuse’ against equal marriage opponents 92
7:37 PM — Tory MP David Burrows has accused PinkNews of "fomenting hostility" against the opponents of equal marriage.
Labour MP Chris Bryant criticises Culture Secretary Maria Miller for saying marriage is the ‘gold standard’ 35
3:40 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has taken offence after Culture Secretary Maria Miller said marriage was the “gold standard” – with the MP claiming it devalued his own civil partnership.
UK: Same-sex marriage bill to face scrutiny from Commons committee by MPs with mixed views on equality 24
1:58 PM — The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons – made up of MPs who both have spoken against and in favour of LGBT equality – begins the task of scrutinising the government’s equal marriage bill this afternoon.
8th February 2013
Tory Whip Anne Milton refused to vote on same-sex marriage because she didn’t ‘feel strongly’ about it 40
1:00 PM — Conservative MP and government whip Anne Milton declined to vote this week on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) because “she did not feel "strongly about it".
Comment: I am surprised and disappointed at Sarah Teather for voting against marriage equality 42
10:25 AM — Natalie Grazin, a gay Jewish mother in north London, has shared with PinkNews a letter she has written to Liberal Democrat MP and former Children’s minister Sarah Teather, who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, earlier this week.
7th February 2013
Labour MP Austin Mitchell: The equal marriage debate was moving — I had to vote for the bill 15
2:20 PM — Labour’s Austin Mitchell was planning to abstain in this week’s equal marriage vote by MPs, but when he heard the emotional speeches of supportive MPs, it changed his mind.