19th July 2012
Scotland ‘needs faith opt-out from Westminster’ for equal marriage 192
12:07 PM — The Scottish government will 'need' clarification of the UK-wide Equality Act to ensure religious celebrants are not forced to conduct gay weddings against their will, according to a leaked email.
11th June 2012
Liam Fox MP undecided on ‘elite’ issue of marriage for gay couples 69
12:54 PM — The former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who resigned last year over the questioned raised about his relationship with lobbyist Adam Werrity, has described equal marriage rights as an issue prioritised by the 'metropolitan elite'.
28th May 2012
Free equal marriage debate to take place in London tomorrow 24
3:33 PM — In the final weeks of the government's public consultation on how to implement marriage equality for gay and straight couples, a debate between humanists, Catholics, Jews and social commentators will take place in the capital.
4th April 2012
More MPs distance themselves from ‘gay cure’ event sponsor’s internship scheme 27
3:00 PM — Two MPs have announced they will no longer take interns from the religious charity CARE's Leadership Programme as a petition denouncing the charity for sponsoring a 'gay cure' event has amassed 9,000 signatures.
Comment: Forget the ‘nests of snakes’, equal marriage could iron out our current quirks 47
12:16 PM — Far from being a "nest of snakes", family law executive Lisa Burton-Durham says equal marriage legislation could let us address outdated legal concepts.
23rd March 2012
Catholic Archbishop ‘invites 80 MPs’ for equal marriage talks 76
12:44 PM — More than eighty MPs have reportedly been invited to meet the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark to discuss the equal gay marriage proposals being publicly consulted on by the government.
21st March 2012
Liberal Democrat president: Any discrimination in CARE internships unacceptable 44
5:23 PM — The president of the Liberal Democrats has said any discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the religious Westminster internship scheme operated by the charity CARE (Christian Action Research & Education) which he defended this week would be 'unacceptable'.
Liberal Democrat president speaks out on religious charity’s internship scheme 54
1:38 PM — Liberal Democrats president Tim Farron spoke out in defence of the internship scheme funded by religious charity CARE this week, saying it provides valuable access to Parliament for young people, but his office will look into indications gay MPs have not been allowed to participate.
20th March 2012
John Bercow praises gay equality progress during Queen’s reign 29
2:03 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has used a speech at Westminster to highlight how the fight for equality has progressed in the UK during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II as she marked her Diamond Jubilee year in Parliament.
16th March 2012
Second MP pulls out of CARE internship scheme over charity’s ‘extreme views’ 26
11:46 AM — A second MP has pulled out of the Westminster internship scheme funded by the charity CARE as an online petition calling on others to pull out has reached 8,000 signatures.
14th March 2012
Government to unveil consultation plans for equal marriage in England and Wales tomorrow 29
6:26 PM — Consultation plans for the UK government's introduction of civil marriage equality for gay couples are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.
9th March 2012
Labour MP Eric Joyce fined £3,000 after attack on gay Tory in Commons bar 37
5:22 PM — Eric Joyce, Labour MP for Falkirk in Scotland, has been given a £3,000 fine and banned from pubs for three months after head-butting openly gay MP Stuart Andrew in a House of Commons bar brawl.
7th March 2012
UKIP: Marriage belongs to religion, not government 110
10:53 AM — UKIP has accused the government of 'picking a fight' with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage saying the issue is 'in the domain of the church and other faiths'.
2nd March 2012
MPs defend taking interns from ‘gay cure’ event sponsor 108
2:22 PM — An MP who received interns from a religious charity which opposes gay equality and sponsored a 'gay cure' event has backed the charity and claimed to have met 'ex-gays'.
1st March 2012
MP brands equal marriage rights for gays ‘completely nuts’ 73
2:51 PM — The MP for Wellingborough in Northamptonshire has suggested the Church of England reply to the government's consultation on equal marriage on the basis that it is 'completely nuts'.
29th February 2012
Humanists blast ‘ridiculous’ MP report on faith and gay equality 18
11:26 AM — The British Humanist Association has criticised the MP-led Christians in Parliament report which backs ‘reasonable accommodations’ from equality legislation as being 'not at all grounded in any reality'.
28th February 2012
MPs’ report on ‘undue limitation of Christian belief’ questioned 86
1:03 PM — An MP-led report by the new Christians in Parliament group which recommends 'reasonable accommodations' from equality legislation to lift the 'undue limitation of belief' it says is experienced by religious people in public life has been cautiously questioned.
24th February 2012
Labour MP charged after ‘head-butting’ gay Tory in Commons bar
11:23 AM — Labour MP Eric Joyce has been suspended and charged by police on allegations he head-butted openly gay MP Stuart Andrew in a House of Commons bar, months after Andrew spoke to the House about being the victim of an attack.
22nd February 2012
David Lammy cuts tie with equal marriage opponents who funded interns 14
4:53 PM — Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy has cut ties with the Christian Action Research and Education which co-launched the anti-marriage equality Coalition for Marriage petition and supported a 'gay cure' conference.
David Burrowes ‘faced death threat’ over equal marriage opposition 98
4:19 PM — Conservative David Burrowes is among a number of MPs backing the new Coalition for Marriage petition to opposite marriage equality for gay couples, but says he has received a death threat as a result of his views.