15th February 2013
Labour intensify pressure on Welsh Secretary David Jones over gay parenting remarks 28
6:09 PM — Conservative Welsh Secretary David Jones is under renewed pressure to apologise for his controversial remarks about same-sex parenting – with Downing Street now commenting about the row.
Comment: No one should ever feel like they need to go back into the closet when it comes to receiving care 9
4:56 PM — Roger Newman MBE, co-founder of the LGBT support group of the Alzheimer’s Society, writes for PinkNews.co.uk about some of the key difficulties that LGBT people face when entering the care system.
Tory MP Sir Roger Gale: My comments against equal marriage had ‘nothing to do with incest’ 24
4:05 PM — Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale says his latest comments against equal marriage had “nothing to do with incest” during a speech against the government’s marriage reforms.
UK: Equality commission says Christian registrars cannot opt out of marrying gay couples 31
1:36 PM — Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing marriages for gay couples, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: The moment I came out as gay to my wife was a huge relief 38
9:33 AM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who came out publically as gay in August 2010, has again spoken about the decision in light of last week’s vote by MPs on equal marriage.
14th February 2013
UK: Equality and Human Rights Commission says same-sex marriage bill poses no threat to religious opponents 12
7:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has dismissed claims that the equal marriage poses a threat to religious freedom.
London LGBT charity PACE launches new online mental health service 2
5:28 PM — PACE, London’s leading charity promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBT community, is launching an additional online service.
Catholic Labour MP criticises Archbishop of Southwark for suggesting Catholics will leave Church over equal marriage 10
4:57 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith has been criticised for claiming that most Catholics who support equal marriage would be prepared to leave the Church over the issue
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather to face two days of protests by Labour for voting against equal marriage 69
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather is to face a weekend of protests by Labour in her north London constituency in response to her decision to vote against the same-sex marriage bill.
Homophobic bullying study results suggest: ‘It does get better — but not by enough’ 4
12:20 PM — A new study suggests many gay and bisexual teenagers who are bullied at a younger age – are picked on less by the time they reach 19 – but they still remain disproportionately affected by the problem.
UK: Blackburn Rovers footballer accused of making anti-gay insults during Brighton game 16
11:18 AM — Police have launched an investigation after complaints that Blackburn Rovers’ Colin Kazim-Richards was involved in a homophobic incident during an away match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
UK: LGBT community urged to consider adoption and fostering 5
10:33 AM — As part of the 2nd annual LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, LGBT people are being urged to learn more about adoption and fostering.
13th February 2013
Comment: How I abstained from gay sex for a year in order to give blood 62
6:18 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Calum McSwiggan tells the story of how he abstained from gay sex for a year in order to legally give blood.
Tory MP Henry Smith: MPs who abstained in the same-sex marriage vote are ‘chickens’ 31
2:41 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has described MPs who abstained in last week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as “chickens”.
UK: Conservative councillor Mormon brothers leave party over equal marriage 56
1:36 PM — Two Mormon councillors in Warwickshire, who are also brothers, have quit the Conservative Party over its support for same-sex marriage.
Comment: Where did ‘gay’ culture come from? 45
12:13 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews, Jacob Wilde looks back on the history of gay culture.
UK: Churches ‘priced out’ of offering civil partnerships due to higher licensing costs 3
11:11 AM — It has been revealed that religious institutions are being charged up to 16 times more for a civil partnership licence than a marriage licence by local councils, preventing many from offering services to same-sex couples.
12th February 2013
Michael Gove seeks to reassure Tory equal marriage critics in front of committee 13
7:20 PM — Education Secretary Michael Gove has again sought to reassure critical Conservative MPs that the government’s same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales poses no threat to teachers who disagree with the reform.
Stonewall boss: Civil partnerships haven’t reduced homophobia so we need equal marriage 33
5:19 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall says his charity’s support for equal marriage stems from the failure of civil partnership legalisation to reduce homophobia in British society.
Labour MP Chris Bryant criticises Culture Secretary Maria Miller for saying marriage is the ‘gold standard’ 35
3:40 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has taken offence after Culture Secretary Maria Miller said marriage was the “gold standard” – with the MP claiming it devalued his own civil partnership.