13th February 2013
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.
Manchester: Dale Cregan pleads guilty to murdering Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes
2:52 PM — Dale Cregan has now pleaded guilty to murdering two police officers - one of whom was planning to enter into a civil partnership.
UK: Same-sex marriage bill to face scrutiny from Commons committee by MPs with mixed views on equality 24
1:58 PM — The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons – made up of MPs who both have spoken against and in favour of LGBT equality – begins the task of scrutinising the government’s equal marriage bill this afternoon.
East London gay pub faces uncertain future 15
12:00 PM — London’s gay community is being urged to help save a popular gay bar from the threat of closure.
London: Serial thief who targeted gay men banned from every Soho public toilet 23
11:36 AM — A thief who preyed on gay men in London for more than a decade has been banned from every public toilet in Soho.
11th February 2013
UK: Muslim TV stations criticised by Ofcom for airing hate speech 39
6:55 PM — Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, has criticised several Muslim community stations after they allowed Islamic extremists to issue hate speech – in one case – calling for the murder and torture of gay people.
UK: Anti-gay Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols: Please pray for Pope Benedict XVI 29
5:26 PM — The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who is also known for his anti-gay views, has called on Catholics to pray for Pope Benedict XVI.
Peter Tatchell: A Pope who opposed human rights 11
4:56 PM — Peter Tatchell, who previously made a documentary about Pope Benedict XVI, believes the Catholic leader will be remembered for his "irresponsible" attitude to condoms and ignorance about HIV.
Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury warns that equal marriage supporters are ‘on wrong side of eternity’ 33
12:42 PM — The Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury has once again preached an attack on the government's equal marriage bill, less than a week after the bill was supported by MPs in the House of Commons.
Kent: Bisexual councillor receives death threat letter 6
10:31 AM — A bisexual Kent councillor has received yet more homophobic abuse; this time a hand-written death threat letter.
10th February 2013
Tory MP: Same-sex marriage will damage youth who will grow out of a ‘normal gay phase’ 69
2:56 PM — Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Sir John Stanley, has claimed that homosexuality is a 'normal phase' for youngsters before become heterosexual in later life.
8th February 2013
Gay Cameroon asylum seeker assaulted by private security team at Heathrow Airport 9
5:59 PM — An asylum seeker from Cameroon, who has previously been persecuted due to his sexuality in his home country, claims he was assaulted by private security at Heathrow Airport.
Tory Eastleigh by-election candidate denies making homophobic slur — but confirms she’s against equality 48
5:12 PM — The Conservative Party’s candidate for this month’s Eastleigh by-election denies saying Labour did more for “immigrants, the gays, the bloody foxes” than children with special needs.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Boris Johnson’s support for equal marriage was a game changer’ 18
4:49 PM — Peter Tatchell has emphasised what he calls the game-changing decision of London Mayor Boris Johnson to support David Cameron's equal marriage reform.
Tory Whip Anne Milton refused to vote on same-sex marriage because she didn’t ‘feel strongly’ about it 40
1:00 PM — Conservative MP and government whip Anne Milton declined to vote this week on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) because “she did not feel "strongly about it".
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
Comment: I am surprised and disappointed at Sarah Teather for voting against marriage equality 42
10:25 AM — Natalie Grazin, a gay Jewish mother in north London, has shared with PinkNews a letter she has written to Liberal Democrat MP and former Children’s minister Sarah Teather, who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, earlier this week.