24th June 2013
Lord Alli withdraws his pensions amendment to the equal marriage bill 26
3:57 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli’s amendment to equalise pension provision for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits has been withdrawn.
Nick Clegg: ‘I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building’ 9
1:27 PM — Nick Clegg has spoken of his pride at having the rainbow flag soaring above his office in Whitehall and says “I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building and above parliaments across the world - maybe Russia, Uganda or Yemen.”
Liberty: Pensions inequality remains in marriage bill 9
12:30 PM — The Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, writes on how there remains one obstacle to full marriage equality in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Coalition for Marriage: ‘Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have unfairly dominated the equal marriage debate’ 61
10:58 AM — Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Coalition for Marriage spokesperson Dr Sharon James says Liberal Judaism, the Unitarians and the Quakers have been given “a disproportionate amount of time” in the debate for equal marriage at the expense of “mainstream Christian people”.
Gay Tory MP Conor Burns: ‘Lady Thatcher did not have a problem with gay people’ 55
10:26 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Conor Burns lifts the lid on his extraordinary friendship with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and says it’s wrong to believe she had homophobic views.
21st June 2013
Lord Stoddart urges for potential withdrawal from European Court due to equal marriage bill 56
5:58 PM — Former Labour MP Lord Stoddart says the UK must be prepared to leave the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) if it comes into conflict with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.
British Museum launches LGBT history guide as part of Pride in London festival 3
3:17 PM — The British Museum has launched a new guide focusing on elements of LGBT history to tie in with the Pride in London festival.
UK: Gay man cleared of sexual assault having touched female police officer’s bottom in gay bar 43
2:30 PM — A gay man from Middlesbrough who touched a female police officer’s bottom in a gay bar because he thought it was a joke has avoided a custodial sentence.
UK: Anti-gay Christian B&B owner takes case to Court of Appeal 69
12:57 PM — A Christian guest house owner who was found to have discriminated against a Cambridgeshire gay couple has taken her case to the Court of Appeal.
Tory MP David Burrowes: The equal marriage bill will lead to an ‘adulterer’s charter’ 87
11:24 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has accused the government of creating an “adulterer’s charter” as part of its equal marriage reforms.
20th June 2013
Brighton: Anti-equal marriage ex-Green councillor to debate issue with pro-gay Tory MP 30
7:13 PM — Former Green councillor Christina Summers who resigned from her party in protest at its decision to support equal marriage will debate the issue this evening alongside Conservative MP Simon Kirby.
Tasmanian marriage equality advocates urge state Upper House to revisit equal marriage 4
6:14 PM — Tasmanian marriage equality advocates have called on the state Upper House to revisit same-sex marriage after a bill on the issue was voted down in the Senate this morning.
19th June 2013
Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans: ‘I continue to refute all allegations’
3:55 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, has said he "refutes all allegations" after being arrested on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault.
First LGBT centre set to open this weekend in Carlisle 2
2:15 PM — Carlisle's first LGBT centre is set to open its doors this weekend.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans re-arrested on new indecent assault allegations
12:10 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, has been arrested on suspicion of three more counts of indecent assault.
Humanist weddings and equal marriage pension rights to be debated by peers 9
11:42 AM — Plans for humanist weddings and pension rights for those in same-sex marriages will feature in this afternoon’s House of Lords debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
18th June 2013
Comment: What does Pride stand for in 2013? 21
5:17 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Peter Purton, the TUC’s LGBT officer says the LGBT community should respond to “government-created austerity” as part of the Pride movement in 2013.
Gay former police officer accuses the Met of ‘institutional racism and homophobia’ 9
4:18 PM — The Metropolitan Police has a policy of “cover-up and containment” that punishes officers who complain of racism and homophobia within its ranks, a gay mixed race ex-police officer has said.
Equal marriage opponent Lord Dear withdraws bill amendments 20
11:36 AM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by equal marriage critic Lord Dear were withdrawn last night – although the former Chief Constable has warned he may re-introduce additional measures seeking greater legal protections for opponents at a later stage.