13th September 2012
Nick Clegg issues apology to church leaders over ‘bigot’ row 80
2:01 PM — Nick Clegg has written a formal letter of apology to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster over claims he was prepared to call the opponents of equal marriage “bigots” in a speech at an LGBT reception.
12th September 2012
PM defends cabinet return of David Laws 9
4:21 PM — David Cameron has defended bringing David Laws back into government. The Lib Dem MP is currently the most senior openly gay member of the frontbench.
Comment: What exactly is a ‘bigot’? 107
12:27 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk Nicolas Chinardet assesses the ‘bigot’ row that has hit Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in the past 24 hours.
Conservative MP calls on Nick Clegg to quit over ‘bigot’ row 83
10:37 AM — Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, has called on Nick Clegg to apologise or resign over claims he was prepared to describe the opponents of equal marriage as “bigots” in a speech
Exclusive: Nick Clegg dismisses ‘bigot’ row and defends reshuffle changes 35
1:20 AM — Nick Clegg is rejecting claims he was prepared to brand opponents of equal marriage “bigots” at a reception for the LGBT community. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk the deputy PM also defended changes to the Government Equalities Office and the new Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
7th September 2012
Comment: What the reshuffle means for LGBT support in the government 17
6:14 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chris Ward sums up the LGBT ramifications of this week’s reshuffle and assesses the recent equality record of the main three parties.
Tories criticise government appointment of David Laws 32
10:21 AM — Nick Clegg has been accused of getting a “sixth” Lib Dem MP around the cabinet table after the London Evening Standard revealed it had been an “11th hour” fight to fully resurrect the political career of gay Lib Dem MP David Laws.
5th September 2012
Questions over new UK equalities minister’s gay voting record 46
2:12 PM — Conservative MP for Basingstoke Maria Miller, who was appointed yesterday by David Cameron as culture secretary and has direct responsibility for the newly moved Government Equalities Office (GEO), is under the spotlight after a number of activists noted her questionable voting record on LGBT equality.
UK Catholic Bishop says equal marriage is a ‘gathering storm’ for Christians 76
11:06 AM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies, has launched another attack on the government’s plans to introduce equal marriage.
17th August 2012
Pressure piles on Boris over @Out4Marriage video promise 35
7:27 AM — The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is facing renewed calls to honour a commitment to record an Out4Marriage video after London Assembly Member Tom Copley submitted a formal question.
13th August 2012
Nick Clegg says churches should not face equal marriage ban 20
5:24 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is set to open the channels to allow the UK Government's plans for marriage equality to extend to ceremonies in churches and other religious institutions.
12th August 2012
Equalities Office to look into Boris Johnson’s @Out4Marriage video pledge 59
11:29 PM — After months of failing to produce a video in support of the Out4Marriage campaign, London Mayor Boris Johnson’s inaction is now being looked into by the UK Government’s Equalities Office.
6th July 2012
UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg orders Government to fly pride flag 49
9:12 AM — In a first for central Government, the Cabinet Office is flying a rainbow flag to mark World Pride being held this weekend in London. The iconic flag has been flown on the personal request of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
5th July 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backs religious marriages for gay couples 63
1:03 PM — The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has become the most senior figure in the government to voice personal support for religious gay marriage rights today.
20th June 2012
Video: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says equal marriage no longer a matter of ‘if’ in @Out4Marriage video 45
10:35 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, has reiterated his support for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in England and Wales, affirming that it is no longer a question of 'if' the move will go ahead.
30th May 2012
Daily Mail criticises Nick Clegg’s ‘illiberal’ whipped vote on equal marriage 73
4:46 PM — The Daily Mail has published a leader article today criticising the deputy prime minister's intention to whip the party's MPs to vote for legislation removing the ban on gay marriages in England and Wales.
27th May 2012
Nick Clegg denounces free vote on equal marriage 113
11:40 AM — In what is the most visible sign of the split between Lib Dems and the Tories on the issue of equal marriage, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has said that the issue cannot be left to individual conscience.
23rd May 2012
Nick Clegg warns Tories against backing down on equal marriage 65
11:05 AM — Just as Owen Paterson, the Tory Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, became the first cabinet minister to oppose equal marriage, Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and the Deputy Prime Minister, has issued a warning to the Conservatives not to back down on the introduction of marriage equality.
12th March 2012
Nick Clegg: Marriage equality by 2015 68
9:25 AM — At the Liberal Democrats' Spring Conference this weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg promised the UK's first gay marriage would take place before 2015 as a result of Liberal Democrats being in government.
8th March 2012
Editorial: The Times now for all to show their hand on marriage equality 76
10:41 AM — On Monday, The Times published an editorial calling for the introduction of gay marriage. PinkNews.co.uk believes our papers, politicians and faiths should now show their hand on marriage equality.