14th May 2013
Maria Miller rejects claim by Simon Hughes that equal marriage has been ‘fast tracked’ 44
6:35 PM — Maria Miller, the Minister for Equalities, has rejected a claim made by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats that same-sex marriage is being "fast tracked" through Parliament without the proper consultations.
13th May 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans’ House of Commons duties put on hold
5:39 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, will not resume his duties in the chamber while police continue to investigate allegations against him.
Berkshire: Charity warns of the need to tackle faith-related HIV deaths 8
3:21 PM — Over the past few years there have been several deaths within the Berkshire town of Slough, caused by people not taking their HIV medication and stating that God would cure them, a local HIV charity has found.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage’ 90
2:04 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says the government’s same-sex marriage bill will take the “sex out of marriage” and wonders whether a sister could marry a sister in order to avoid inheritance tax as part of the reform.
Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Clare Balding in Bafta wins 2
12:10 PM — Gay TV presenters Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Clare Balding all won awards at last night’s Baftas.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
12th May 2013
UK: Anglican church in Burnley pledges to dedicate itself to LGBT inclusiveness 5
5:05 PM — A Church of England congregation in Burnley, Lancashire, in the North West of England, has pledged to work towards an inclusive mission to welcome all worshipers regardless of sexual orientation.
10th May 2013
Conservative Lord Fowler: If Parliament values people equally, it must make same-sex marriage legal 33
10:29 AM — Lord (Norman) Fowler, the former Conservative Health Secretary has told fellow peers that they should support equal marriage because: "Parliament should value people equally in the law, and that enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current inequity."
9th May 2013
UKIP’s Nigel Farage: Lady Thatcher’s ‘open-mindedness’ is responsible for gay tolerance in Britain 74
6:11 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and claims Margaret Thatcher’s “open-mindedness” is responsible for today’s gay tolerance in British society.
DUP MP William McCrea: ‘David Cameron has no mandate for his same-sex marriage bill’ 20
1:15 PM — DUP MP Dr William McCrea has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and says “no party has a mandate for that change.
MPs to resume debate of same-sex marriage bill this month 35
12:19 PM — MPs will resume debate of the same-sex marriage bill later this month, it has been announced.
Professor Niall Ferguson: If I really were a ‘gay-basher’ why would gay blogger Andrew Sullivan be the godfather of one of my sons? 22
11:24 AM — Niall Ferguson has once again apologised for making homophobic remarks about economist John Maynard Keynes, claiming that his friendship with the gay blogger Andrew Sullivan shows that he could not be homophobic.
Lancashire: Lesbians sprayed with lemonade and attacked by gang of men on board train 7
10:35 AM — Three women were subjected to homophobic abuse and attacked by a gang of men on a train in Lancashire.
8th May 2013
Duncan James: I’ve had Twitter trolls say ‘I hope you get AIDS and die, you f*ggot’ 13
7:13 PM — Blue’s Duncan James says he experienced a flurry of vile abuse on Twitter shortly after ITV aired The Big Reunion.
Police arrest suspect in connection with Brighton gay man’s death
6:43 PM — Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of Michael Polding, a gay man who was found murdered in his Brighton flat in July 2012.
Gay equality critic Nadine Dorries reinstated as Conservative MP 20
5:47 PM — Equal marriage critic Nadine Dorries has been reinstated as a Conservative MP, having been suspended by the party following her appearance on the TV reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
National AIDS Trust responds to Queen’s Speech by urging ministers to focus more on HIV 17
4:41 PM — The National AIDS Trust has responded to the Queen’s Speech by urging the government to pay more attention to the needs of people living with HIV.
LBC’s Iain Dale: ITV’s Vicious is an ‘abortion of a comedy’ and Brian Sewell is right to pan it 39
3:46 PM — LBC radio presenter Iain Dale says ITV’s new gay sitcom Vicious is an “abortion of a comedy” and has praised Brian Sewell’s withering critique of the show.
UK: Woman fined after hurling homophobic abuse at paramedic 3
2:10 PM — South Central Ambulance Service says it will not tolerate abuse against its staff after a paramedic was subjected to anti-gay language by a drunk woman.
London Evening Standard urges David Cameron to stick with same-sex marriage in order to be a ‘conviction politician’ 19
1:36 PM — In an editorial the London Evening Standard has commented on today’s highly-anticipated absence of the same-sex marriage bill from the Queen's Speech, saying David Cameron “must stick” with the policy in order to be seen as a “conviction politician”.