17th May 2013
Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss 14
4:51 PM — Turkey's official television station has been urged by human rights groups to broadcast the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, following reports that it had cancelled the broadcast due to a lesbian kiss by Finland's act on Thursday.
Downing Street rejects same-sex marriage criticism from Philip Hammond 22
4:14 PM — A spokesman for David Cameron has rejected claims made by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that too much parliamentary time is being spent on equal marriage.
Philip Hammond: ‘No great demand for gay marriage and it’s upsetting vast numbers of people’ 73
10:58 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says Downing Street should not focus its efforts on equal marriage.
Video: Finland’s pro-equal marriage Eurovision entrant stages lesbian kiss and gets into final 16
2:34 AM — Following the second set of semi-finals tonight, Finland's Eurovision entrant found herself with a place in the final, following her performance of her pro-equal marriage song, which included a lesbian kiss.
16th May 2013
Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples 68
8:48 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says a future government plans to review civil partnerships from 2018 – which could mean possibly extending them to heterosexuals – or abolishing them.
US: ACLU pushes ‘Modern Family’ TV show creators to allow gay characters to get married 6
5:05 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has begun pushing the producers of US television show Modern Family, to write an episode in which the gay couple featured on it, get married.
US: NFL player and gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe signs with new team 8
4:47 PM — Chris Kluwe, outspoken human rights campaigner and NFL punter, has announced that, after being dropped by the Minnesota Vikings last week, he has now been signed to the Oakland Raiders.
Media Matters: Fox News coverage of equal marriage legalisation in three US states totals only one minute 10
4:22 PM — US media watchdog Media Matters reports that Fox News' coverage of same-sex marriage bills passing in the states of Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota clocked in at one minute for all three combined.
Former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig: ‘Polygamous marriages should be included in the same-sex marriage bill’ 32
12:39 PM — The former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig, believes the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will lead to “new inequalities and discrimination” – and suggests it should include “polygamous marriages” for Muslims and Mormons.
Lib Dem MPs to be given free vote on all aspects of the same-sex marriage bill 11
10:52 AM — Liberal Democrat MPs are to be given a free vote on all aspects of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, it has been revealed.
US: Studies show majority of voters support equal marriage in Michigan and Virginia 3
2:03 AM — Polls in two more US states have found that a majority of voters support equal marriage, as Michigan and Virginia join states with a majority in support.
15th May 2013
Tory Lord True: ‘Relationships should be respected, but I haven’t made up my mind on equal marriage’ 29
6:56 PM — Although Conservative peer Lord Nicholas True has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader “relationships should be respected equally” – he remains unsure about supporting the same-sex marriage bill.
US: Minnesotan pro-equal marriage organisation forms political group to support pro-LGBT lawmakers
5:47 PM — A leading pro-equal marriage group in the US state of Minnesota has formed a Political Action Committee in order to support lawmakers in favour of the measure are re-elected.
Rapper Macklemore speaks out about writing pro-equal marriage anthem 7
4:47 PM — Rap star Macklemore has spoken out in a rare interview about his reasons for writing a song with a strong pro-equal marriage message, saying he wants to "challenge society" and issues that others "are afraid to address".
US: Minneapolis bridge lit up to celebrate Minnesota equal marriage victory 7
4:09 PM — In celebration of the US state of Minnesota legalising equal marriage this week, the city of Minneapolis has lit up one of its bridges with rainbow colours.
17-year-old PinkNews reader to Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘I think you are very anti-gay’ 24
3:49 PM — A lesbian A-level student has written to Tory MP David Burrowes, questioning his recent assertion that he is not "anti-gay", and asking how it is possible to be "pro-marriage", whilst voting to prevent people from being able to marry.
Shops near David Cameron’s office complain of lost takings due to anti-gay marriage protests 17
1:58 PM — Retailers close to David Cameron's constituency office have claimed that their takings are down due to anti-gay marriage protestors.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".
14th May 2013
US: Minnesota officially legalises equal marriage as Governor signs bill into law 6
11:11 PM — Minnesota became the twelfth US state to allow equal marriage, as Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bill into law, allowing same-sex unions.