30th January 2013
UK: 86 MPs vote to change the Equality Act in same-sex marriage amendment debate 32
11:54 AM — A bill proposed by a Conservative MP to amend the Equality Act in order to provide further legal protections for those who disagree with equal marriage has received the support of 86 MPs - but it's unlikely to become law.
Tory MP Anne Milton furious as anti-gay marriage group uses photo without permission 28
10:54 AM — The main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used another Conservative MP’s photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.
29th January 2013
David Cameron under pressure to grant tax breaks to win same-sex marriage vote 18
11:42 PM — Prime minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are reportedly under mounting pressure to give married couples a tax break in order to secure support for their same-sex marriage bill.
Catholic Church: ‘We recognise that gay couples make loving parents but they must be banned from marriage’ 55
9:15 PM — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has made a surprising acknowledgement that same-sex couples make good parents. The statement is included within a document submitted to MPs and Peers urging them vote against same-sex marriage.
Tory rebel says same-sex marriage bill could pass Commons with a majority of 400 16
5:45 PM — Conservative MP Philip Davies, who opposes equal marriage, has told a PinkNews reader that he expects the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales to pass with a Commons majority of between 300-400.
28th January 2013
Philip Hammond denies same-sex marriage incest claims 66
10:33 PM — A spokesman for Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has denied claims that he compared same-sex marriage to incest.
UK: Finance director steals £170,000 from employer over ex-wife’s sexuality blackmail 3
4:28 PM — A man claims he was blackmailed by his wife into stealing £170,000 from the luxury goods firm where he worked, after she found out he had called gay chat lines.
East London ‘Muslim vigilantes’ homophobia victim makes contact with police
4:08 PM — A man who was subjected to homophobic abuse by a group of men claiming to be "Muslim vigilantes" has come forward to police.
Cambridgeshire: Cafe owner calls for apology over allegations of support for Ugandan anti-gay bill 8
12:11 PM — The St Neots cafe owner who was accused of speaking in favour of anti-gay legislation in Uganda has demanded an apology from two bloggers, one of whom called him a "hatemonger".
Catholic Church warns gay teachers they risk the sack if they marry or enter into civil partnerships 69
12:08 PM — Openly gay senior teachers at Catholic schools could face demotion or the sack if they fail to live according to the gospel of the Roman Catholic Church.
Church of England: The government has ‘no mandate’ for its same-sex marriage bill 42
11:54 AM — The Church of England has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and has complained that it wasn’t given enough time to study the proposals in full ahead of last week’s announcement.
Exclusive: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond links incest with same-sex marriage 122
11:12 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning incest.
25th January 2013
Comment: The same-sex marriage bill isn’t the end of the journey towards gay rights 53
6:51 PM — Chris Ashford, Reader in Law and Society at the University of Sunderland analyses the Marriage (Same sex Couples) Bill for PinkNews and argues that despite first appearances, it isn't the final piece of the jigsaw to achieving gay equality.
Comment: Religious opponents of equality should follow the Unitarian Church and agree to marry gay couples 21
6:22 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches hopes that other faith groups will follow his organisation's lead and agree to marry gay couples.
Labour MP Steve Reed: The battle for equality is not yet over 7
4:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and Patron of LGBT Labour welcomes the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – but warns “this is no time to rest on our achievements.”
Comment: The Conservative Party has come a long way on gay rights to legislate for equal marriage 70
4:29 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Colm Howard-Lloyd, national policy director of LGBTory says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill shows the Conservative Party is a champion of equality.
David Cameron’s mother says he ‘won’t be told’ when it comes to same-sex marriage 56
3:01 PM — David Cameron’s support for equal marriage amid widespread opposition from many of his Conservative MPs remains an apparent mystery to his mother.
Comment: As a Rabbi, I’m praying for common sense over the same-sex marriage bill debate 7
2:45 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of the Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism says that he looks forward to being able to marry couples whether they are same-sex or opposite sex. He urges for common sense in the passing of the legislation.
London: Former volunteer antisocial behaviour mediator found guilty of abusing lesbian couple and sticking finger up woman’s nose 20
1:30 PM — A former volunteer antisocial behaviour mediator from Croydon has been found guilty of shouting abuse at a lesbian couple in a school playground and sticking her finger up the nose of a woman who tried to intervene.
Yvette Cooper: I’m glad to be supporting the government’s same-sex marriage bill 10
1:16 PM — Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, has welcomed the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.