12th February 2013
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.
Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood: Why I wasn’t present for the equal marriage vote 32
1:04 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood has been in touch with PinkNews to explain why he did not take part in Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
6th February 2013
Comment: Equal marriage means gay relationships will stop being dismissed as inferior 8
6:33 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, political commentator Charlotte Henry analyses the significance of this week’s historic Commons vote on equal marriage.
Analysis: What next for the same-sex marriage bill? 24
5:12 PM — With LGBT campaigners celebrating Tuesday’s historic vote by MPs – it’s important to remember that there is still a fair way to go before equal marriage is signed into law for England and Wales.
Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone heaps praise on Tory colleagues in equal marriage tribute 20
1:54 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Lib Dem MP and International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone – who previously served as equalities minister – celebrates last night’s historic equal marriage vote and has singled out Home Secretary Theresa May for particular graduate.
PM: I will ‘listen carefully’ to the idea of allowing civil partnerships for heterosexuals — but I am a ‘marriage man’ 34
12:45 PM — David Cameron says he will “listen carefully” to idea of making civil partnerships open to straight couples – but adds: “I’m a marriage man”.
Ed Miliband celebrates equal marriage vote and says ‘this is a proud day for Britain’ 13
10:55 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has spoken of his delight at last night’s decision of MPs to back same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
5th February 2013
MPs vote 400 to 175 to pass same-sex marriage bill 120
7:15 PM — MPs have voted for the government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - following an afternoon of heated debate in the House of Commons.
David Cameron reiterates support for marriage equality ahead of key vote 8
6:22 PM — David Cameron says "today is an important day" - as MPs prepare to vote on the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill at 7pm this evening.
Gay Tory MP Mike Freer: ‘I’m simply asking for equal treatment’ 7
5:12 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has received warm praise on Twitter for delivering a heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality in the House of Commons.
Yvette Cooper: Parliament has the chance today to support loving gay couples 7
2:10 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has given a robust defence of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – ahead of this evening’s vote.
Same-sex marriage vote debate begins 5
1:05 PM — MPs are debating the second reading of the government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) - with Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities Maria Miller opening the debate.
4th February 2013
David Cameron to defend equal marriage policy amid vociferous Tory revolt 16
1:03 PM — David Cameron will reportedly speak out in favour of equal marriage later this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s first vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, according to the Times.
Comment: Thank you Prime Minister for supporting equal marriage, it is going to benefit the trans community 22
12:20 PM — Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, thanking him for supporting equal marriage in the face of heavy opposition from his party.
Tory MP Caroline Dinenage: Banning gay couples from marrying ‘takes nothing away from their relationship’ 39
10:55 AM — Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage has told a PinkNews reader that the “state has no right” to redefine its meaning of marriage - she is the daughter of ITV regional news presenter Fred Dinenage.
1st February 2013
UK: Pro-gay Christians urged to pray ahead of same-sex marriage vote 27
2:53 PM — Christians who support equal marriage will hold a Day of Prayer on Sunday ahead of next week’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
30th January 2013
UK: Government minister Sayeeda Warsi condemns anti-gay east London ‘Muslim vigilante’ groups 22
4:00 PM — Faith and Communities Minister Sayeeda Warsi has condemned Muslim vigilante groups in east London – some of whom recently targeted a gay man with homophobic abuse.