13th February 2013
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.
French National Assembly approves equal marriage bill 12
4:20 PM — France took a step closer to legalising equal marriage and adoptions for same sex couples, as its National Assembly approved a bill to do so, during its second reading today.
11th February 2013
Documents reveal dropped plan for Canadian same-sex wedding bank notes 2
7:08 PM — The bank of Canada considered putting an image of a same-sex wedding on bank notes, revealed by documents shown to the Canadian press.
Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury warns that equal marriage supporters are ‘on wrong side of eternity’ 33
12:42 PM — The Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury has once again preached an attack on the government's equal marriage bill, less than a week after the bill was supported by MPs in the House of Commons.
House of Lords may stage an anti-equal marriage rebellion 29
12:33 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have said that they expect around half of their colleagues to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, potentially creating severe delays in its progress or scuppering it altogether.
10th February 2013
Senior Tory town councillor quits over equal marriage vote 16
11:57 PM — A senior Conservative Party town councillor has quit the party because of his opposition to equal marriage, a bill to legalise which was resoundingly accepted at second reading by a large majority in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Tory MP: Same-sex marriage will damage youth who will grow out of a ‘normal gay phase’ 69
2:56 PM — Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Sir John Stanley, has claimed that homosexuality is a 'normal phase' for youngsters before become heterosexual in later life.
8th February 2013
UKIP leader Nigel Farage blames European Commission report for David Cameron’s same-sex marriage bill 121
6:55 PM — UKIP have claimed that an EU report is sparking the push for equal marriage in Britain and France.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Boris Johnson’s support for equal marriage was a game changer’ 18
4:49 PM — Peter Tatchell has emphasised what he calls the game-changing decision of London Mayor Boris Johnson to support David Cameron's equal marriage reform.
Tory MP Peter Luff: I received foul emails and was told to repent after voting for equal marriage 25
3:25 PM — Conservative MP Peter Luff says he received a flood of homophobic letters and emails after voting to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.