31st May 2013
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 30
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
30th May 2013
Labour says government is ‘lashing out’ at ‘poor handling’ of equal marriage bill 16
7:19 PM — The shadow minister for equalities Kate Green has accused the government of "lashing out at the Labour Party" over the "poor handling of the same-sex marriage bill".
Nigeria bans same-sex marriages with 14-year prison term 33
5:55 PM — A bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with prison terms of up to 14 years has been passed by lawmakers.
UK: Government moves equal marriage House of Lords vote to later next day 21
2:46 PM — Next week’s House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now take place on Tuesday in the daytime after supporters warned voting in the early hours could put the bill at risk.
UK: Equal marriage rally to coincide with House of Lords debate 14
12:28 PM — Monday’s House of Lords second reading debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will coincide with a rally outside Parliament organised by equality campaigners.
Bishop of Salisbury: Opponents of equal marriage similar to supporters of ‘slavery and apartheid’ 29
11:29 AM — The Bishop of Salisbury has likened opponents of equal marriage to Christians who used the Bible to justify slavery and apartheid
Comment: Marriage equality is the mark of a civilised society 15
10:42 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Adrian Tippetts makes an open plea to members of the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in next week's second reading debate.
29th May 2013
Labour fear late night House of Lords vote could threaten equal marriage bill 27
6:21 PM — Shadow equalities minister Baroness Glenys Thornton says David Cameron has been “absolutely brilliant" in his support for equal marriage, but warns a late night vote in the House of Lords next week could put the same-sex marriage bill at risk.
28th May 2013
Scottish equal marriage bill to arrive in Parliament next month 8
4:57 PM — Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill will be introduced in the country’s Parliament next month, the Scottish Government has announced.
US: Catholics told to fast and pray ahead of Supreme Court equal marriage rulings 18
3:59 PM — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on worshippers to fast and pray in the hope that it will help the US Supreme Court to rule against gay equality.
Su Pollard: ‘Equal marriage can only be a good thing for sexual health’ 14
2:15 PM — Comedy entertainer Su Pollard says more needs to be done to encourage young gay men to use condoms and that equal marriage is a key step towards ending stigma and discrimination.
25th May 2013
Labour MP Diana Johnson: It’s now time for Parliament to tackle the issue of gay conversion therapy 36
12:45 PM — With marriage equality on its way, Labour MP Diana Johnson and Tom Stephens both write for PinkNews.co.uk on why ending gay-to-straight conversion therapy should be Parliament’s next priority.
24th May 2013
Tory MP Richard Drax: The equal marriage bill is ‘intolerant legislation’ 42
4:37 PM — Conservative MP Richard Drax has complained of the lack of “tolerance” towards “the millions who believe that ‘marriage’ can only be between a man and a woman.”
Nick Clegg and Francis Maude agree to fly rainbow flag from Cabinet Office for Pride week 7
12:30 PM — Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg both intend to demonstrate the government's commitment to equality by allowing the rainbow flag to fly from the Cabinet Office during Pride week in the capital.
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle defends voting against equal marriage 41
11:29 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Gordon Birtwistle has defended voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and has cited opposition from a local mosque.
23rd May 2013
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I’ve not come out strongly against same-sex unions, but we don’t do them 60
5:55 PM — Speaking to Sir David Frost, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, has rejected a suggestion that he had “come out strongly” against same-sex unions.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’ 16
4:40 PM — Peter Tatchell has warm praise for Prime Minister David Cameron, for “sticking to his guns” on equal marriage in the face of considerable opposition from his own party
Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote 18
3:23 PM — MP Sarah Newton, also a deputy chair of the Conservative Party, is defending herself from claims she broke a promise to her constituents after abstaining in this week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Sir Gerald Howarth: ‘I should have used ‘militant’ rather than ‘aggressive’ to describe homosexuals 66
2:06 PM — Responding to a letter from a PinkNews.co.uk reader, Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth says he should have used the word “militant” rather than “aggressive” when describing parts of the “homosexuality community.”
Lib Dem MP John Pugh criticised for voting against equal marriage bill — Simon Hughes and Tim Fallon abstained 20
1:04 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh has been criticised for voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – as both Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes, party president Tim Farron and Health Minister Norman Lamb abstained in this week’s vote.