17th June 2013
UK: Government to decide on civil partnerships for heterosexuals by winter 2014 9
12:45 PM — The government has announced its intention to launch a full public consultation in the autumn to kick start a review of the future of civil partnerships, and a final decision will be taken by the winter 2014.
House of Lords to resume debate of equal marriage bill 6
11:46 AM — The House of Lords will resume debate of the government’s same-sex marriage bill this afternoon.
15th June 2013
Gay rights opponent Tory MP Edward Leigh knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 56
12:13 PM — Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, one of the fiercest critics of equal rights for lesbian and gay people, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
14th June 2013
Church of England to ask gay clergy about their sex life as part of bishop selection process 34
7:20 PM — Candidates being considered to become Anglican bishops will reportedly be asked about their sex life in the wake of last December’s vote by the House of Bishops to allow priests in same-sex unions to be considered for the post of bishop – providing they claim to be celibate.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Blue to headline Pride Bristol
3:29 PM — Sophie Ellis-Bextor and boy band Blue have been announced to headline the free Bristol Pride festival which takes place on Saturday 13 July in Castle Park.
Gay police officer leaves Savile inquiry job in order to take part in Big Brother 20
2:46 PM — A gay police officer and father who quit the Operation Yewtree investigation into disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile so he could enter the Big Brother house says “What’s the problem? It’s not like I’m doing a porno.”
X Factor star Marcus Collins takes part in anti-hate crime campaign video 1
12:02 PM — Former X Factor singer Marcus Collins, a previous victim of a homophobic physical assault, has joined forces with Merseyside Police to raise awareness about hate crime in a campaign video.
Committee says UK Government did not consult adequately with the Church in Wales on equal marriage bill 9
11:17 AM — A Welsh Assembly committee report says the UK Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales would have effectively banned the Church in Wales from carrying out marriages for same-sex couples in its original drafting.
13th June 2013
Former BP CEO Lord Browne to write new book on homophobia in business 4
7:01 PM — Drawing on his own experiences, Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP, is writing a new book entitled ‘The Glass Closet’ on the need to end homophobic discrimination in the work place and in corporate life.
Dale Cregan sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering gay police officer and her colleague 10
4:51 PM — Dale Cregan has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two police officers – one of whom was planning to enter into a civil partnership.
Lord Hylton tables new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 62
2:04 PM — Lord Hylton, the peer who accused gay people of stealing the word ‘gay’ from its original meaning, has tabled a new wrecking amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
UK: Jailed women in sexual ‘fraud’ case freed by Court of Appeal 22
1:05 PM — An 18-year-old woman jailed for three years on the grounds of obtaining the sexual consent of another woman “by fraud” has been freed by the Court of Appeal after serving 82 days in prison.
Former Talksport presenter furious after being branded a ‘homophobic radio z-lister’ 14
12:04 PM — Former Talksport broadcaster Mike Mendoza has launched a furious rebuke on his Facebook page after he was confronted at a market by a man accusing him of being homophobic.
Tory Lord Mawhinney tables ‘traditional marriage’ amendment for equal marriage bill 62
11:12 AM — Lord Mawhinney has tabled a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, urging for heterosexual marriages to be lawfully described as “traditional marriage”.
12th June 2013
Lord Dear proposes new amendment to equal marriage bill concerning ‘traditional marriage’ 60
4:14 PM — Lord Dear is proposing a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), protecting those who believe marriage is “the union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others.”
Rylan Clark: I’ve had Twitter trolls say ‘get cancer and die’ you ‘gay fag’ 15
1:52 PM — Rylan Clark says he’s been subjected to a flurry of vile abuse on Twitter – ahead of his new presenting job on Big Brother.
MPs who voted against the Clause 20 sex education amendment 11
1:10 PM — Tuesday’s vote on amending the Children and Families Bill to include statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education, making it mandatory for teachers to inform students about same-sex relationships, was voted down on party lines.
Labour’s Clause 20 sex education amendment fails in the Commons 51
12:14 PM — A Labour amendment for mandatory sex and relationship education in schools failed to get the support of enough MPs last night and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson confirmed PSHE would remain a non-statutory subject.
11th June 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with Pope Francis 29
7:11 PM — United in their opposition towards equal marriage, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will meet Pope Francis for the first time later this week.
MPs await Commons debate on sex education amendment 6
3:33 PM — MPs in support of a Labour amendment for more comprehensive sex and relationship education in schools hope they’ll be enough parliamentary time to allow for a debate and vote.