5th February 2013
Equalities Minister Helen Grant: Tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples is ‘off the table for now’ 2
11:42 AM — Conservative Equalities Minister Helen Grant says the government will not be offering tax breaks to married and civil partnered couples in next month’s Budget.
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
Ed Balls: I’m really pleased David Cameron is introducing same-sex marriage and I think it’s brave 10
10:36 AM — Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised Prime Minister David Cameron’s commitment to equal marriage, ahead of today’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
The Times: Same-sex marriage enshrines justice and will enrich the lives of many 13
8:54 AM — The Times, the paper of record in the United Kingdom and on the breakfast table of most MPs this morning, has published another editorial in favour of same-sex marriage.
Letter: William Hague, George Osborne and Theresa May same-sex marriage ‘is the right thing to do’ 6
8:04 AM — In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, but in reality a letter to fellow Tory MPs, three of the most senior Conservative ministers have pleaded with their colleagues to back same-sex marriage.
4th February 2013
Lib Dem MP to vote against same-sex marriage bill because it ‘weakens’ families 70
7:17 PM — Liberal democrat MP John Pugh has announced that he will vote against the same-sex marriage bill.
Gaydar and Grindr remove dangerous ‘cool gene’ HIV immunity advert 11
6:52 PM — An advert that appeared on Grindr and Gaydar and other dating sites and apps which promoted misleading advice about HIV has now been removed.
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley: Most people support same-sex marriage and it’s not a ‘big deal’ 13
6:00 PM — Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley has given a robust defence of David Cameron’s support for same-sex marriage and says the media’s interest in sex has “overblown” the debate.
Ed Miliband: Why I will be voting for same-sex marriage tomorrow 13
5:58 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband explains why he will be joining David Cameron and Nick Clegg in voting for same-sex marriage in the House of Commons tomorrow. The Labour leader first came out in favour of marriage equality in an article for PinkNews.co.uk.
Nadine Dorries: The same-sex marriage bill is ‘political suicide’ and it won’t make gay couples equal 55
3:23 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has written of her opposition to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, claiming that it fails to make same-sex marriage equal to heterosexual marriage in the eyes of the law.
England cricketer Steven Davies: Gay football fans should not fear travelling to the next World Cups in Russia & Qatar 17
2:09 PM — England and Surrey cricketer Steven Davies does not believe gay football fans should fear travelling to Russia or Qatar for the next two World Cups – even though the countries are known for gay hatred.
David Cameron to defend equal marriage policy amid vociferous Tory revolt 16
1:03 PM — David Cameron will reportedly speak out in favour of equal marriage later this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s first vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, according to the Times.
Comment: Thank you Prime Minister for supporting equal marriage, it is going to benefit the trans community 22
12:20 PM — Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, thanking him for supporting equal marriage in the face of heavy opposition from his party.
New Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Marriage is between a man and a woman, and always has been’ 72
11:22 AM — The new Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to use his timely appointment, one day before the first vote on same-sex marriage, to announce his opposition to changes in the law.
Tory MP Caroline Dinenage: Banning gay couples from marrying ‘takes nothing away from their relationship’ 39
10:55 AM — Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage has told a PinkNews reader that the “state has no right” to redefine its meaning of marriage - she is the daughter of ITV regional news presenter Fred Dinenage.
Maria Miller: Voting for same-sex marriage will promote stability, responsibility and pride 14
8:49 AM — The Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller has made a final plea to MPs and the public to support the Government's Marriage (Same-sex couples) bill to make same-sex marriage legal.
2nd February 2013
Tobias Ellwood MP: ‘I cannot support the Government’ on same-sex marriage proposal 79
4:52 PM — Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, Tobias Ellwood, has told a PinkNews reader that despite him being a "progressive Conservative", he can not vote to make same-sex marriage legal.
1st February 2013
UK: High Court rules in favour of gay male couple in parental dispute with lesbian couples 23
7:02 PM — Men who donate sperm can apply to seek a role in the lives of their biological children, the High Court has ruled in a case involving two lesbian couples who were friends with two gay men.
Ed Miliband predicts ‘big turnout’ for Labour in support of same-sex marriage vote 32
5:52 PM — Ed Miliband has predicted that the majority of his party's MPs will support equal marriage when it goes to a vote on Tuesday.
UK: Pro-gay Christians urged to pray ahead of same-sex marriage vote 27
2:53 PM — Christians who support equal marriage will hold a Day of Prayer on Sunday ahead of next week’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.