15th July 2013
France: Rainbow lights on Eiffel tower for Bastille Day criticised by equal marriage opponents 7
6:14 PM — Bastille Day celebrations at the weekend, which included lighting up the Eiffel Tower in rainbow colours, have come under criticism by opponents to equal marriage in France.
Comment: Now is the time to make history and celebrate the arrival of equal marriage by Nick Clegg 25
5:52 PM — Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reflects back on the journey towards equal marriage since he first pledged to support changing the law on PinkNews.co.uk.
Exclusive Ed Miliband: I am proud that the House of Lords has passed equal marriage 18
4:49 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has praised the House of Lords after it passed the same-sex marriage bill at Third Reading this afternoon and he also thanked PinkNews for its "fantastic campaigning" on equal marriage.
Equal marriage bill passes Third Reading in House of Lords 74
4:22 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords, following a brief and impassioned final debate.
Live Blog: Highlights from the House of Lords Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Third Reading 3
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Lynne Featherstone: I am just so happy that equal marriage is almost here 3
2:41 PM — Lynne Featherstone, the former equalities minister who was hugely influential in persuading David Cameron and Nick Clegg to legislate for same-sex marriage has said that she is "just so happy" that the law is almost passed.
Equal marriage bill expected to pass Third Reading without a vote 19
2:21 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales is to undergo its Third Reading in the House of Lords today, and as the majority of its most vocal opponents have backed down in the face of its strong support, it may pass through without a vote.
Nick Clegg: I didn’t think my equal marriage pledge to PinkNews could become law so quickly 19
11:57 AM — With the House of Lords about to pass the same-sex marriage bill, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he never thought progress would be made “so quickly” after making his 2010 equal marriage pledge to PinkNews in a question and answer session.
Comment: The part that PinkNews is proud to have played in the equal marriage debate 28
11:48 AM — As the campaign for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales draws to a close, PinkNews will be publishing a series of histories of the debate from a variety of different angles. This history, by PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the role that this publication has played in fighting to change the law. From its initial acceptance of the civil partnerships status quo, through to securing the support of Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Ed Miliband to change the law on marriage and launching the Out4Marriage campaign.
14th July 2013
Catholic MPs targeted over pro-equal marriage votes 30
6:22 PM — Catholic campaigners have pushed for MPs of their faith to be banned from communion if they vote for equal marriage.
‘Pro-children’ anti-equal marriage billboard travels London ahead of House of Lords vote 57
5:19 PM — A mobile billboard declaring "Fact: Children do best with married birth parents" will travel through London today and tomorrow ahead of the final House of Lords debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Pastor criticises George W Bush for not taking moral stance against equal marriage 15
1:16 PM — A US pastor and director of a national Christian organisation has criticised former President George W Bush for saying "I shouldn’t be taking a speck out of somebody else’s eye when I have a log in my own" in response to a question on same-sex marriage.
Video: Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, Maria Miller, Theresa May and Boris Johnson support equal marriage 18
11:39 AM — Tomorrow is the third reading of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords. This weekend, we are looking back at the Out4Marriage campaign launched by PinkNews last year to advocate the case for same-sex marriage.
13th July 2013
Pensions review amendment tabled for equal marriage bill Third Reading 3
2:25 PM — Just five amendments are currently to be moved at the Third Reading of the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, which commit the Government to a review of pension survivor rights for same-sex couples.
Christian Concern cancels rally, conceding that God does not have the power to halt equal marriage bill 86
2:01 PM — Christian Concern has announced that an anti-equal marriage rally planned for Monday to pray that the equal marriage bill for England and Wales would not pass has been cancelled.
Pennsylvania: Pastor arrested for protesting attorney general’s refusal to defend equal marriage ban 3
12:34 PM — A pastor in the US state of Pennsylvania has been arrested for refusing to leave a state building, in protest against the attorney general's announcement that she would not defend the state's equal marriage ban.
US: Supporters of Prop 8 file petition claiming equal marriage ban should still legally be in force 22
1:26 AM — The supporters of California's now defunct Proposition 8 ban on equal marriage, have begun legal proceedings to challenge the resumption of issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, accusing the courts of interpreting a Supreme Court ruling in the wrong way.
12th July 2013
Matthew Mitcham raises £600 for equal marriage by auctioning his used underwear 20
7:15 PM — An equal marriage supporter paid £600 ($1000 Australian Dollars) for a pair of Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham's underwear.
Equal marriage rally at House of Lords organised for Third Reading vote 12
5:16 PM — A rally has been organised for the Houses of Parliament, ahead of the House of Lords Third Reading and final vote on Monday.
Best of @Out4Marriage: Sir Richard Branson says Virgin treats everyone the same so the law should too 1
4:23 PM — As the campaign for same-sex marriage in England and Wales draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at our Out4Marriage campaign and some of the most important videos that were released. Here is the astonishingly powerful video by the founder of Virgin, Sir Richard Branson.