15th May 2013
London: Catholic head teacher denies asking Stonewall to visit school over claims student called shoes ‘gay’ 11
5:15 PM — A head teacher has denied reports that gay rights charity Stonewall were called in to her school because of claims a child called a fellow pupil’s shoes "gay" in a playground.
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘Crisis of masculinity is leading to the normalisation of homophobia’ 21
4:12 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott believes British men are facing a “crisis of masculinity” brought on by economic anxiety, which is contributing to the “normalisation of homophobia”.
Shops near David Cameron’s office complain of lost takings due to anti-gay marriage protests 17
1:58 PM — Retailers close to David Cameron's constituency office have claimed that their takings are down due to anti-gay marriage protestors.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘I’m not anti-gay; I’m just pro-marriage’ 57
1:42 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader he is “pro-marriage and not anti-gay”.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".
Culture Secretary Maria Miller to allow military chaplains to opt out of providing same-sex marriages 18
11:12 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, says the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be amended to allow chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities and the armed forces, to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.
Terrence Higgins Trust unveils It Starts With Me HIV campaign video 4
11:05 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust has released a short video clip outlining the science behind It Starts With Me, HIV Prevention England’s new campaign for gay and bisexual men.
14th May 2013
London: Gay former Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman facing expulsion from Tory Party 5
6:53 PM — Brian Coleman, the gay former London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, is facing expulsion from the Conservative Party.
Maria Miller rejects claim by Simon Hughes that equal marriage has been ‘fast tracked’ 44
6:35 PM — Maria Miller, the Minister for Equalities, has rejected a claim made by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats that same-sex marriage is being "fast tracked" through Parliament without the proper consultations.
13th May 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans’ House of Commons duties put on hold
5:39 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, will not resume his duties in the chamber while police continue to investigate allegations against him.
Berkshire: Charity warns of the need to tackle faith-related HIV deaths 8
3:21 PM — Over the past few years there have been several deaths within the Berkshire town of Slough, caused by people not taking their HIV medication and stating that God would cure them, a local HIV charity has found.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage’ 90
2:04 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says the government’s same-sex marriage bill will take the “sex out of marriage” and wonders whether a sister could marry a sister in order to avoid inheritance tax as part of the reform.
Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Clare Balding in Bafta wins 2
12:10 PM — Gay TV presenters Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Clare Balding all won awards at last night’s Baftas.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
12th May 2013
UK: Anglican church in Burnley pledges to dedicate itself to LGBT inclusiveness 5
5:05 PM — A Church of England congregation in Burnley, Lancashire, in the North West of England, has pledged to work towards an inclusive mission to welcome all worshipers regardless of sexual orientation.
10th May 2013
Conservative Lord Fowler: If Parliament values people equally, it must make same-sex marriage legal 33
10:29 AM — Lord (Norman) Fowler, the former Conservative Health Secretary has told fellow peers that they should support equal marriage because: "Parliament should value people equally in the law, and that enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current inequity."
9th May 2013
UKIP’s Nigel Farage: Lady Thatcher’s ‘open-mindedness’ is responsible for gay tolerance in Britain 74
6:11 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and claims Margaret Thatcher’s “open-mindedness” is responsible for today’s gay tolerance in British society.
DUP MP William McCrea: ‘David Cameron has no mandate for his same-sex marriage bill’ 20
1:15 PM — DUP MP Dr William McCrea has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and says “no party has a mandate for that change.
MPs to resume debate of same-sex marriage bill this month 35
12:19 PM — MPs will resume debate of the same-sex marriage bill later this month, it has been announced.