13th December 2012
Peter Tatchell hails House of Lords’ decision to pass insults law amendment 12
2:27 PM — Peter Tatchell has welcomed the House of Lords’ decision to pass an amendment to remove the word "insulting" from Section 5 of the Public Order Act – which in the past has been used by lawyers to prosecute homophobic religious preachers and gay rights activists alike.
April Ashley receives MBE for services to trans rights 14
1:27 PM — Liverpool-born actress and campaigner April Ashley is being honoured with an MBE today for services to transgender equality.
Lib Dem Chief Whip: I’m happy not to whip my MPs on same-sex marriage 18
12:48 PM — Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael, who is the party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons, says the decision to offer a free vote on marriage equality for his MPs is based on Labour and the Conservatives doing the same.
Church of England: We can live with the government’s marriage reforms 35
11:30 AM — The Church of England has hinted that it could one day conduct marriages for gay couples despite its current opposition to the idea.
12th December 2012
Brighton university cancels screening of AIDS denialist film 26
6:01 PM — The University of Brighton has cancelled the screening of a film which claims the HIV virus does not cause AIDS after a fierce student backlash.
Simon Callow: Banning the Church of England from same-sex marriage is a ‘medieval idea’ 29
4:12 PM — Simon Callow has described the government's decision to ban the Church of England from conducting same-sex marriages as "a bit bewildering" and a "sort of medieval idea".
LGBT Labour group criticise Ed Miliband for allowing a free vote on same-sex marriage 26
3:28 PM — While welcoming the government's commitment in allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales from 2013, the Labour Party’s affiliated LGBT campaign group have criticised the decision of its leadership to grant Labour MPs a free vote on the plans.
UK: Home Office threatens to ban Ugandan politicians from entering Britain over anti-gay law 34
12:24 PM — The Home Office has indicated that if Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is passed by the country’s parliament, the UK may ban senior Ugandan politicians from entering Britain.
Archbishop of Wales: Banning churches from same-sex marriages is a step too far 64
10:35 AM — The Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan says making it illegal for the Church in Wales to offer marriages for gay couples is a "step too far" and believes the government should reconsider its plans.
11th December 2012
Sir Ian Mckellen: I have been living with prostate cancer for years but it’s no big deal 10
10:09 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has revealed he has been living with prostate cancer for several years, but says he currently requires no treatment.
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
Government consultation: 53% in favour of equal marriage 21
1:47 PM — In a blow to the opponents of equality, the results of this year's government consultation show 53% are in favour of the introduction of equal marriage.
Government: Churches will be able to marry gay couples from next year 80
12:31 PM — The government has confirmed that full marriage equality will be introduced for gay couples living in England and Wales.
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley condemns same-sex marriage opponent Colin Hart 18
12:10 PM — Colin Hart, the director of the UK’s main Christian lobby group that opposes equal marriage, has been denounced in the House of Commons by Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley.
Labour to hold a free vote on same-sex marriage 27
11:06 AM — The Labour Party has signalled that it will now allow its MPs to have a free vote on the government’s equal marriage plans despite previously indicating that it would impose a three-line whip.
Uganda anti-gay law protest takes place outside London embassy
9:52 AM — Campaigners have staged a protest outside the Ugandan embassy in London over the country’s pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
10th December 2012
Welsh Secretary David Jones to vote against same-sex marriage 20
6:36 PM — Welsh Secretary David Jones will vote against equal marriage rights for gay couples in England and Wales but is refusing to explain why because of his position within government.
Government to issue official response to same-sex marriage consultation on Tuesday 23
4:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government will outline its response to this year’s equal marriage consultation on Tuesday (11 December) after being summoned to the Commons to answer an urgent question.
Culture secretary prepares to address Commons on same-sex marriage 9
3:13 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller is responding to an urgent question about the government’s equal marriage proposals in the House of Commons this afternoon.
Austin Mitchell MP: Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage 78
2:06 PM — Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has tweeted that “Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important” and says Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs to have a conscience vote on the issue.