15th February 2013
Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism 11
5:44 PM — The Associated Press say that telling their reporters to call same-sex married couples "partners" instead of "husbands" or "wives" reflects existing practice, attracting criticism from LGBT groups.
UK: Equality groups predict some gay married couples will have to fight for pension rights in court 2
5:33 PM — Rights group Liberty has raised concerns that the same-sex marriage bill does not address inequalities in pensions between straight married couples and gay couples in civil partnerships.
Sussex Hindu temple to allow equal marriage ceremonies 9
2:50 PM — A Hindu temple in Sussex has been granted a marriage license, and has said that gay couples are welcome to marry there, stating a need to "respect everyone".
US Televangelist: Equal marriage in England and Wales signals ‘the beginning of the end’ 61
2:18 PM — A US Christian televangelist has written that moves towards marriage equality in England and Wales were "alarming", that it could lead to the end of the world, and that "Western civilisation" would end up in hell if it doesn't "wake up."
Welsh Secretary David Jones: Gay parents cannot provide a ‘safe environment for the upbringing of children’ 25
2:12 PM — Stonewall Cymru has criticised the claims of Welsh Secretary David Jones, who said in an interview that he voted against the same-sex marriage bill because gay parents can't provide a "warm and safe environment" for children.
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: The moment I came out as gay to my wife was a huge relief 38
9:33 AM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who came out publically as gay in August 2010, has again spoken about the decision in light of last week’s vote by MPs on equal marriage.
Ireland: Kerry County Council to vote on equal marriage 3
2:04 AM — County Kerry councillors are to be asked to back a motion supporting equal marriage, at its next meeting.
14th February 2013
US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote 9
9:23 PM — The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage - although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.
Brendan O’Neill: Equal marriage is an elitist campaign with no roots in the public 91
7:02 PM — Journalist Brendan O'Neill appeared before the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill, and used the opportunity to argue that it was "an elitist campaign that doesn't have any traction with the public".
Dr Jeffrey John: Allowing individual parishes to decide on equal marriage ‘more Christian’ 14
6:56 PM — Speaking to the Public Bills Committee on Thursday to give evidence in favour of equal marriage, Dr Jeffrey John, the openly gay Dean of St Albans, said he thought it would be "more Christian" to allow individual parishes to make up their own minds on equal marriage.
Alice Arnold: Homophobia is still rife, just look at Twitter 4
5:36 PM — Speaking to the Public Bills Committee on Thursday to give evidence in favour of equal marriage, Alice Arnold, former BBC broadcaster said she though homophobia would be reduced if same-sex couples could marry.
Video: Green MP Caroline Lucas comes @Out4Marriage and trans inclusion at Parliament 1
2:23 PM — After casting her vote in favour of equal marriage at last Tuesday's vote on it in the House of Commons, Green MP Caroline Lucas gave an impassioned speech to LGBT rights advocates.
Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day from @Out4Marriage! #WillYouMarryMe m’Lord? 8
1:04 PM — James-J Walsh, Campaigns Director for Out4Marriage reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage, and details what you can do next in the last stages of the move towards marriage equality.
Lord Pannick: Forcing churches to perform same-sex weddings would be ‘more difficult than parting the Red Sea’ 17
12:41 PM — A top Blackstone lawyer and peer has given evidence to the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill to the effect that succeeding in a court case against a church that refuses to opt-in to same-sex weddings would be legally impossible.
13th February 2013
Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin 6
7:01 PM — A series of public hearings in Thailand to discuss the possibility of establishing civil partnerships for gay couples has been taking place in Bangkok.
US: Mayor of Atlanta admits that he was ‘wrong’ to oppose equal marriage in the past 4
4:29 PM — The Mayor of Atlanta, who recently announced he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, has said he feels he "was wrong" to have opposed equal marriage in the past, in favour of civil unions.
Comment: Reflections on speaking out for equal marriage before a committee of MPs tasked with changing the law 27
3:11 PM — PinkNews and Out4Marriage founder Benjamin Cohen, reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage.
UK: Conservative councillor Mormon brothers leave party over equal marriage 56
1:36 PM — Two Mormon councillors in Warwickshire, who are also brothers, have quit the Conservative Party over its support for same-sex marriage.
UK: Churches ‘priced out’ of offering civil partnerships due to higher licensing costs 3
11:11 AM — It has been revealed that religious institutions are being charged up to 16 times more for a civil partnership licence than a marriage licence by local councils, preventing many from offering services to same-sex couples.
12th February 2013
Coalition for Marriage: ‘The equal marriage bill is causing a shortage of teachers’ 59
6:01 PM — Whilst giving evidence to the The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons around the equal marriage bill, the Coalition for Marriage blamed potential marriage equality for a shortage of teachers.