17th June 2013
UK: Government to decide on civil partnerships for heterosexuals by winter 2014 9
12:45 PM — The government has announced its intention to launch a full public consultation in the autumn to kick start a review of the future of civil partnerships, and a final decision will be taken by the winter 2014.
House of Lords to resume debate of equal marriage bill 6
11:46 AM — The House of Lords will resume debate of the government’s same-sex marriage bill this afternoon.
14th June 2013
Church of England to ask gay clergy about their sex life as part of bishop selection process 34
7:20 PM — Candidates being considered to become Anglican bishops will reportedly be asked about their sex life in the wake of last December’s vote by the House of Bishops to allow priests in same-sex unions to be considered for the post of bishop – providing they claim to be celibate.
Committee says UK Government did not consult adequately with the Church in Wales on equal marriage bill 9
11:17 AM — A Welsh Assembly committee report says the UK Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales would have effectively banned the Church in Wales from carrying out marriages for same-sex couples in its original drafting.
13th June 2013
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard: It’s ‘absurd’ to think my hairdresser partner Tim Mathieson is gay 18
3:13 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has criticised a radio host for asking if her partner, Tim Mathieson, is gay during a live interview.
Lord Hylton tables new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 62
2:04 PM — Lord Hylton, the peer who accused gay people of stealing the word ‘gay’ from its original meaning, has tabled a new wrecking amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Tory Lord Mawhinney tables ‘traditional marriage’ amendment for equal marriage bill 62
11:12 AM — Lord Mawhinney has tabled a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, urging for heterosexual marriages to be lawfully described as “traditional marriage”.
12th June 2013
Lord Dear proposes new amendment to equal marriage bill concerning ‘traditional marriage’ 60
4:14 PM — Lord Dear is proposing a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), protecting those who believe marriage is “the union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others.”
New York: Mayoral candidate receives death threats after endorsement from anti-gay group 11
3:26 PM — A New York City mayoral candidate says he's received death threats because of an endorsement from America’s leading anti-equal marriage group.
11th June 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with Pope Francis 29
7:11 PM — United in their opposition towards equal marriage, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will meet Pope Francis for the first time later this week.
Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce: I’m called a ‘homophobe’ and ‘Uncle Tom’ for opposing equal marriage 103
12:18 PM — As part of a feature for the BBC News website entitled “The gay people against gay marriage” Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce says his opposition to equal marriage means he’s denounced by his critics as a “homophobe and Uncle Tom”.
10th June 2013
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen: Equal marriage is the last straw, Cameron has to go 35
5:07 PM — Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen says Prime Minister David Cameron’s championing of equal marriage "has fuelled the rise of UKIP" and he has asked for a no confidence vote.
Baroness Knight: The gays are still good at antiques and Section 28 was right 61
10:53 AM — Baroness Knight shows no sign of looking to curb her bizarre attempts at making platitudes towards the gay community following her comments during the House of Lords equal marriage debate.
7th June 2013
Comment: Equal marriage will boost the economy 14
10:27 PM — Paul Donovan, global economist at UBS, writes on the economic benefits of legalising equal marriage and says opponents are "Luddites".
Michael Portillo: The Tories are nowhere near as divided on equal marriage as the Churches 21
7:53 PM — In his regular appearance on BBC’s This Week, former Conservative MP Michael Portillo said the real divisions on equal marriage lie not within his old party – but in both the Anglican and Catholic churches.
Labour Lord Alli: We won the equal marriage vote but there is still a long way to go 26
2:40 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour peer Lord Alli, the first openly gay peer to be appointed, says he was stunned by the House of Lords decision to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill with such an overwhelming majority, and has paid tribute to Conservative peer Lord Jenkin for his powerful equal marriage speech.
Catholic Church: We will continue to oppose the equal marriage bill in the Lords 45
12:59 PM — The Catholic Church says it plans to continue actively opposing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on the grounds of religious “protections” following this week’s vote in the House of Lords.
Ashcroft poll: Only 15% would be less likely to vote for a party due to its support for equal marriage 12
12:01 PM — A new poll by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft suggests equal marriage is unlikely to draw voters away from supporting a particular party.
Labour fear Lord Dear will table a new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 43
10:57 AM — Labour peer Lord Alli believes the equal marriage opponent and crossbench peer Lord Dear is still intent on trying to derail the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – although Lord Dear denies the claims.
6th June 2013
Ann Widdecombe: I wouldn’t have enjoyed serving under David Cameron because of equal marriage 65
8:38 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe says she wouldn’t have enjoyed being in the current Coalition Government because of its support for equal marriage.