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
US: Campaigners plan to pump $2 million into efforts to legalise equal marriage 6
6:23 PM — In the US, a New York based equal marriage advocacy group has laid out plans to pump funds into several states' legislative battles to legalise equal marriage.
Sweden: Gay couple married in Sweden say their families back home are being harassed 4
1:31 PM — Two Ugandan asylum seekers were reunited in Sweden and married last month, but they say their relatives back home are being harassed over the news of their wedding.
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.
Tory Business Minister Michael Fallon: I was wrong to vote against equal marriage — but the Tories now have to unite 28
11:45 AM — Conservative MP and Business Minister Michael Fallon has conceded that he was wrong to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says opponents should accept this week’s decisive Commons verdict.
Tory MP Adam Afriyie: I voted against the same-sex marriage bill because it does not represent true equality 89
10:39 AM — Conservative MP Adam Afriyie, who has recently been seen by some as a future successor to David Cameron, has explained why he voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
6th February 2013
Alice Arnold: I will marry Clare Balding rather than ‘marrying’ her only in inverted commas 5
11:21 PM — Alice Arnold has written about why she should marry her civil partner, Clare Balding.
Francis Maude: Tories no more split than the country on introducing same-sex marriage 9
11:19 PM — The Paymaster General, Francis Maude, one of the most pro-gay members of the Government has said that the Conservative party is no more divided than the country when it comes to same-sex marriage.
Legal experts deny claim that ‘tens of thousands’ of teachers will be sacked for opposing equal marriage 17
5:16 PM — Employment law experts have denied claims made by the Coalition for Marriage that "tens of thousands" of teachers could be sacked if they refuse to define marriage as inclusive of same-sex couples.
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.
French socialist MPs caught playing scrabble during same-sex marriage debate 7
2:36 PM — Two French socialist MPs have been caught playing scrabble on iPads during the debates last week on the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France’s National Assembly.
All but two of Northern Ireland’s MPs voted against equal marriage for England and Wales 35
2:24 PM — Only two out of 13 Northern Irish MPs voted to pass the same-sex marriage bill, but gay rights groups have praised the overall decision.
Peter Tatchell: Commons vote a victory for equal marriage but the battle is not yet won 10
1:21 PM — Reflecting on yesterday's victory for the equal marriage bill in the House of Commons, which passed 400 to 175, Peter Tatchell writes on what is to come next, that the bill may still face strong opposition and that there is still a need to extend civil partnerships to straight couples.
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”.
Campaigners urge Australia to ‘catch up’ on same-sex marriage and follow Britain’s lead 5
11:45 AM — An equality organisation in Australia has urged the country’s federal government to follow the lead of the UK Government in legalising same-sex marriages.
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.
US: Illinois equal marriage bill passes first reading and will face full Senate vote 3
12:56 AM — The US state of Illinois came one step closer to legalising equal marriage on Tuesday, as a bill to legalise it passed the Senate Executive Committee, and will now face the vote in the full senate.
5th February 2013
Former Lib Dem minister Sarah Teather: Voting against same-sex marriage was ‘the hardest decision’ 164
11:11 PM — As had been privately warned for weeks, the Liberal Democrat former education minister Sarah Teather has voted against the bill to introduce same-sex marriage.
Gordon Brown didn’t vote for same-sex marriage but says he supports it 67
10:45 PM — At the last general election, he was the only party leader to explicitly rule out marriage equality. Now although he says he supports the legislation, Gordon Brown did not attend tonight's vote.