17th May 2013
Downing Street rejects same-sex marriage criticism from Philip Hammond 22
4:14 PM — A spokesman for David Cameron has rejected claims made by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that too much parliamentary time is being spent on equal marriage.
George Michael suffers minor injuries in motorway car crash 8
2:20 PM — George Michael is being treated for cuts and bruises following a rush-hour crash on the M1 motorway.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Civil partnership review unnecessary’ 18
1:43 PM — A government review on civil partnerships, which could take place in five years time, is “unnecessary”, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said.
Philip Hammond: ‘No great demand for gay marriage and it’s upsetting vast numbers of people’ 73
10:58 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says Downing Street should not focus its efforts on equal marriage.
Comment: The legacy of Lord Wolfenden who helped decriminalise homosexuality 10
10:30 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Sir David Bell reminds us about the legacy of Lord Wolfenden who helped decriminalise homosexuality in Britain.
16th May 2013
Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples 68
8:48 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says a future government plans to review civil partnerships from 2018 – which could mean possibly extending them to heterosexuals – or abolishing them.
Boy George: ‘I wish David Cameron had put gay marriage in the Queen’s Speech’ 26
4:41 PM — Singer Boy George has expressed his disappointment that the same-sex marriage bill was not included in the Queen’s Speech.
Former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig: ‘Polygamous marriages should be included in the same-sex marriage bill’ 32
12:39 PM — The former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig, believes the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will lead to “new inequalities and discrimination” – and suggests it should include “polygamous marriages” for Muslims and Mormons.
Lib Dem MPs to be given free vote on all aspects of the same-sex marriage bill 11
10:52 AM — Liberal Democrat MPs are to be given a free vote on all aspects of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, it has been revealed.
15th May 2013
Tory Lord True: ‘Relationships should be respected, but I haven’t made up my mind on equal marriage’ 29
6:56 PM — Although Conservative peer Lord Nicholas True has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader “relationships should be respected equally” – he remains unsure about supporting the same-sex marriage bill.
Labour MP Angela Eagle urges LGBT community to cast their votes for 2013 World Pride Power List
6:20 PM — Shadow leader of the House of Commons, Angela Eagle, says she’s proud to be supporting this year’s World Pride Power List.
London: Catholic head teacher denies asking Stonewall to visit school over claims student called shoes ‘gay’ 11
5:15 PM — A head teacher has denied reports that gay rights charity Stonewall were called in to her school because of claims a child called a fellow pupil’s shoes "gay" in a playground.
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘Crisis of masculinity is leading to the normalisation of homophobia’ 21
4:12 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott believes British men are facing a “crisis of masculinity” brought on by economic anxiety, which is contributing to the “normalisation of homophobia”.
Shops near David Cameron’s office complain of lost takings due to anti-gay marriage protests 17
1:58 PM — Retailers close to David Cameron's constituency office have claimed that their takings are down due to anti-gay marriage protestors.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘I’m not anti-gay; I’m just pro-marriage’ 57
1:42 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader he is “pro-marriage and not anti-gay”.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".
Culture Secretary Maria Miller to allow military chaplains to opt out of providing same-sex marriages 18
11:12 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, says the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be amended to allow chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities and the armed forces, to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.
Terrence Higgins Trust unveils It Starts With Me HIV campaign video 4
11:05 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust has released a short video clip outlining the science behind It Starts With Me, HIV Prevention England’s new campaign for gay and bisexual men.
14th May 2013
London: Gay former Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman facing expulsion from Tory Party 5
6:53 PM — Brian Coleman, the gay former London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, is facing expulsion from the Conservative Party.