10th December 2012
Government to issue official response to same-sex marriage consultation on Tuesday 23
4:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government will outline its response to this year’s equal marriage consultation on Tuesday (11 December) after being summoned to the Commons to answer an urgent question.
Austin Mitchell MP: Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage 78
2:06 PM — Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has tweeted that “Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important” and says Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs to have a conscience vote on the issue.
7th December 2012
Yvette Cooper: Now time for parliament to ‘get on’ with legalising equal marriage 14
5:32 PM — Labour’s Yvette Cooper has welcomed David Cameron's backing for same-sex religious weddings, but has urged the prime minister to ensure parliament "gets on with it".
25th September 2012
UK: Christian anti-gay activist acquitted over Tesco leaflets 26
1:46 PM — A Christian activist has been found not guilty of a public order offence after he handed out leaflets for the group Christian Voice that criticised Tesco’s decision to donate £30,000 to this year’s World Pride.
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.
30th July 2012
First out lesbian MP Angela Eagle becomes patron of Liverpool Pride 7
4:27 PM — Former government minister and first openly lesbian MP Angela Eagle has now become the first patron of Liverpool Pride.
25th July 2012
Lords bill aims to pardon gay computer genius Alan Turing 28
4:55 PM — A private member's bill has been introduced in the House of Lords today seeking to pardon the gay computer genius Alan Turing, who was prosecuted for gross indecency in 1952 after a relationship with another man.
19th July 2012
France: Concern as senate approves protections for ‘sexual’ not ‘gender’ identity 12
1:09 PM — Hopes that the election of a Socialist President and Assembly might usher in a new era of inclusivity in France took a blow last week, as Socialist Senators faced up to a first opportunity to legislate protections for the country’s trans minority but declined to do so.
Scotland ‘needs faith opt-out from Westminster’ for equal marriage 192
12:07 PM — The Scottish government will 'need' clarification of the UK-wide Equality Act to ensure religious celebrants are not forced to conduct gay weddings against their will, according to a leaked email.
6th July 2012
Ukraine: Parliament reported to have cancelled vote on anti-gay law 22
5:36 PM — The Ukrainian parliament has cancelled a scheduled vote on legislation that would ban any Ukrainian citizen from speaking out favourably about gays or lesbians, the petition website AllOUt.org said today.
11th June 2012
Liam Fox MP undecided on ‘elite’ issue of marriage for gay couples 69
12:54 PM — The former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who resigned last year over the questioned raised about his relationship with lobbyist Adam Werrity, has described equal marriage rights as an issue prioritised by the 'metropolitan elite'.
29th May 2012
European Parliament condemns consideration of anti-gay laws 32
10:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning anti-gay laws in Europe last week, specifically calling on Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania as well as Ukraine to address existing and draft legislation and 'demonstrate, and ensure respect for, the principle of non-discrimination'.
17th May 2012
Angela Eagle MP: Gay couples will be in limbo until equal marriage laws are announced 30
2:57 PM — Angela Eagle, the first female MP to enter a civil partnership, has called on the government to introduce marriage equality legislation and take gay couples out of 'limbo'.
16th May 2012
Video: EU politicians say ‘It Gets Better’ in 17 languages 29
4:25 PM — For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2012, over 50 European politicians and leaders from EU institutions have joined forces to tell LGBT teenagers they are working to make things better.
14th May 2012
MPs declaring early support for equal marriage outnumber opponents three to one 6
2:09 PM — Of the members of Parliament to have made early public statements on marriage equality, those who are likely in principle to vote for the government's proposals to allow gay couples to marry outnumber opponents three to one.
Stephen Twigg, first openly gay man to be elected as an MP comes @Out4Marriage 4
12:34 PM — Stephen Twigg, the first openly gay man to be elected to the UK's House of Commons, has declared his support for marriage equality in the Out4Marriage campaign.
1st May 2012
Law to wipe gay sex convictions given royal assent 60
4:55 PM — The Protection of Freedoms Act, which will enable men to wipe the records of thousands of convictions for consensual gay sex under now-repealed laws, has received Royal Assent today.
4th April 2012
More MPs distance themselves from ‘gay cure’ event sponsor’s internship scheme 27
3:00 PM — Two MPs have announced they will no longer take interns from the religious charity CARE's Leadership Programme as a petition denouncing the charity for sponsoring a 'gay cure' event has amassed 9,000 signatures.
Comment: Forget the ‘nests of snakes’, equal marriage could iron out our current quirks 47
12:16 PM — Far from being a "nest of snakes", family law executive Lisa Burton-Durham says equal marriage legislation could let us address outdated legal concepts.
23rd March 2012
Catholic Archbishop ‘invites 80 MPs’ for equal marriage talks 76
12:44 PM — More than eighty MPs have reportedly been invited to meet the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark to discuss the equal gay marriage proposals being publicly consulted on by the government.