18th December 2012
Liverpool midfielder Suso fined £10,000 by FA for calling teammate ‘gay’ 17
4:13 PM — Liverpool's Suso has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association for calling teammate Jose Enrique “gay” after the player tweeted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened.
UK: Gay Tory group writes to 303 Tory MPs in plea to support same-sex marriage 9
2:04 PM — The Conservative Party’s LGBT group has written to all 303 Tory MPs calling on them to support equal marriage rights for gay couples.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Same-sex marriage is an ‘abuse of language’ 74
11:51 AM — The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has questioned whether David Cameron can be trusted due to his support for equal marriage.
Gareth Thomas joins ITV’s Dancing on Ice 16
11:11 AM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be in the rink for the new series of Dancing on Ice.
Anti-equal marriage Tory MP leaves Twitter after backlash 29
10:24 AM — Conservative MP Gordon Henderson has closed down his Twitter account after speaking out against same-sex marriage.
17th December 2012
Brighton: Gay couple left devastated and traumatised after homophobic attack 32
6:56 PM — Sussex Police are appealing for information after a gay couple were violently attacked in Brighton while holding hands on a street.
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle: ‘Gay marriage is just not on’ 65
6:00 PM — The first Liberal Democrat MP to voice their opposition to the government’s marriage reforms since last week's announcement has gone public.
Gay Essex dads to sue government over church same-sex marriage ban 92
3:33 PM — Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow plan to mount a legal challenge over the government’s decision to ban gay couples from marrying in the Church of England.
Exclusive: Labour MPs threaten to resign over same-sex marriage vote 33
10:48 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Labour’s decision to grant its backbenchers a free vote on equal marriage caused a major rift in the shadow cabinet with deputy leader Harriet Harman amongst those calling for the vote to be whipped.
16th December 2012
Tory, Labour and cross-bench Peers and MPs say Government is ignoring public ‘opposition’ to equal marriage 53
11:45 PM — Almost 60 Conservative, Labour and cross-bench MPs and peers have signed up to a new Parliamentary plan to oppose same-sex marriage. The politicians and former clergymen have signed a strongly worded letter to the Daily Telegraph where they accuse David Cameron and Nick Clegg of “ploughing on regardless” in the face of what it claims was an “overwhelming public response” in opposition to equality.
Anti-gay marriage Tory MP, who supports Section 28, exposed as a love cheat 74
2:08 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who recently suggested David Cameron should resurrect Section 28, previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, according to his former mistress.
14th December 2012
Barnardo’s: Changing the law on marriage will benefit children and gay parents 7
4:09 PM — The Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Anne Marie Carrie, has welcomed the government’s decision to allow gay couples to marry from 2013. Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, she says it will be of enormous benefit to gay parents and their children.
Bishop of Buckingham: Church will be a fool to squander the option of ‘getting real’ by backing same-sex marriage 24
12:59 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, the most senior member of the Church of England to back the Out4Marriage campaign for marriage equality has warned that the Church of England risks squandering a “precious opportunity to get real” by backing same-sex marriage.
Church of England: We weren’t consulted over the government’s same-sex marriage ban 51
12:21 PM — The Church of England says it only learnt of the government’s plan to ban it from performing same-sex marriages when Culture Secretary Maria Miller took to the Commons despatch box on Tuesday.
13th December 2012
Simon Callow: I’m @Out4Marriage because I pay taxes and I’d like the same privildges as everyone else 13
5:55 PM — In his video for the Out4Marriage campaign, the actor Simon Callow says that as a tax payer, he must have the same rights and privileges as anyone else to marry.
UK: Former policeman accused of stabbing wife to death after revealing gay affair
5:32 PM — A court has heard a former Kent policeman told his wife she "couldn't compare" to his gay partner months before he stabbed her to death.
Peter Tatchell hails House of Lords’ decision to pass insults law amendment 12
2:27 PM — Peter Tatchell has welcomed the House of Lords’ decision to pass an amendment to remove the word "insulting" from Section 5 of the Public Order Act – which in the past has been used by lawyers to prosecute homophobic religious preachers and gay rights activists alike.
April Ashley receives MBE for services to trans rights 14
1:27 PM — Liverpool-born actress and campaigner April Ashley is being honoured with an MBE today for services to transgender equality.
Lib Dem Chief Whip: I’m happy not to whip my MPs on same-sex marriage 18
12:48 PM — Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael, who is the party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons, says the decision to offer a free vote on marriage equality for his MPs is based on Labour and the Conservatives doing the same.
Church of England: We can live with the government’s marriage reforms 35
11:30 AM — The Church of England has hinted that it could one day conduct marriages for gay couples despite its current opposition to the idea.