4th June 2013
Lord Tebbit: ‘Homosexual men are already equal, subject to the laws on incest and bigamy’ 36
11:18 AM — Lord Tebbit launched another attack on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during last night's debate in the House of Lords, declaring the current "rights of a homosexual man are identical to mine".
3rd June 2013
Tory Lord Fowler: It would be ‘politically suicidal’ for the Lords to vote against equal marriage 24
7:38 PM — Former Health Secretary Lord Fowler says it would be “politically suicidal” for the House of Lords to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Baroness Royall: I urge my noble friends to support equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — Labour's Leader in the House of Lords, Baroness Royall, says she hopes the Upper House "will be convinced" to vote in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) as part of its second reading.
Terrence Higgins Trust calls for male HPV vaccine after Michael Douglas’s cancer oral sex claims 10
4:34 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust is reiterating calls for the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination programme to include gay and bisexual men following Hollywood actor Michael Douglas’s comments about oral cancer.
Cambridge University law students face graphic ‘sex offence’ question 8
3:57 PM — Reactions of law students at Cambridge University ranged from amusement to disgust as they sat an exam which asked them to consider the legality of scenarios including forced pubic hair waxing and male-on-male oral sex.
House of Lords equal marriage debate begins 10
3:12 PM — Peers have begun debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the Lords as part of its second reading.
House of Lords equal marriage rally to take place this evening 2
2:09 PM — Supporters of marriage equality will rally outside the House of Lords from 5.30pm.
Former Tory cabinet ministers urge Lords to back equal marriage 8
1:17 PM — Several former Conservative cabinet ministers – including three former health secretaries – have given their firm backing to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in an open letter to The Times.
Baroness Thornton: I am confident the equal marriage bill will be victorious in the Lords 6
11:58 AM — Baroness Thornton, Labour’s Shadow Equalities Minister in the Lords writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why she is confident that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will survive attempts to defeat it by opponents in the Upper House.
Senior Anglican warns equal marriage could force the Queen to break ‘the laws of God’ 58
11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, says introducing equal marriage could force the Queen to break a sovereign promise.
Yvette Cooper: The government needs to remember who the real opponents of equal marriage are 11
10:18 AM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to remember “who the opponents are” of the same-sex marriage bill in the wake of last week’s row about House of Lords timetabling.
1st June 2013
Boris Johnson: I am delighted London has made the final shortlist for the 2018 Gay Games 4
4:43 PM — Boris Johnson says its “fantastic news” that the capital has been shortlisted to go through to the final round of the process to host the 2018 Gay Games.
31st May 2013
Brighton: Gay businesses take part in HIV mouth swab project 1
5:42 PM — Mouth swabs are being taken from volunteers at gay venues in Brighton and Hove in order to gather new data about the way HIV is transmitted in the city.
Barnardo’s: House of Lords support for equal marriage ‘will have a positive effect for children’ 8
4:51 PM — Barnardo’s Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie is urging peers in the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couple) Bill.
Baroness Warsi blasted by National Secular Society for failing to ‘steer’ equal marriage in Lords 16
2:42 PM — Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi has been accused by the National Secular Society of refusing to “steer” the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through the Lords.
Lib Dem Baroness Liz Barker: Help us to get equal marriage passed by lobbying a Lord 3
1:08 PM — Baroness Liz Barker writes for PinkNews.co.uk on the need to lobby peers ahead of next week’s second reading House of Lords vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
Tory Minister Helen Grant: Equality will not diminish my marriage, it strengthens the institution 17
12:07 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant writes exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk on why the government remains committed to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 30
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
30th May 2013
UK: Government moves equal marriage House of Lords vote to later next day 21
2:46 PM — Next week’s House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now take place on Tuesday in the daytime after supporters warned voting in the early hours could put the bill at risk.
Clare Balding takes aim at ‘uncool’ Lord Tebbit over his ‘lesbian queen’ remarks 43
1:28 PM — Clare Balding has criticised Lord Tebbit after he warned Britain could be ruled by a lesbian queen if equal marriage is legalised, she says the remarks are "insulting to every surrogate parent".