24th May 2013
Nick Clegg and Francis Maude agree to fly rainbow flag from Cabinet Office for Pride week 7
12:30 PM — Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg both intend to demonstrate the government's commitment to equality by allowing the rainbow flag to fly from the Cabinet Office during Pride week in the capital.
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle defends voting against equal marriage 41
11:29 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Gordon Birtwistle has defended voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and has cited opposition from a local mosque.
23rd May 2013
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I’ve not come out strongly against same-sex unions, but we don’t do them 60
5:55 PM — Speaking to Sir David Frost, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, has rejected a suggestion that he had “come out strongly” against same-sex unions.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’ 16
4:40 PM — Peter Tatchell has warm praise for Prime Minister David Cameron, for “sticking to his guns” on equal marriage in the face of considerable opposition from his own party
Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote 18
3:23 PM — MP Sarah Newton, also a deputy chair of the Conservative Party, is defending herself from claims she broke a promise to her constituents after abstaining in this week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Sir Gerald Howarth: ‘I should have used ‘militant’ rather than ‘aggressive’ to describe homosexuals 66
2:06 PM — Responding to a letter from a PinkNews.co.uk reader, Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth says he should have used the word “militant” rather than “aggressive” when describing parts of the “homosexuality community.”
Lib Dem MP John Pugh criticised for voting against equal marriage bill — Simon Hughes and Tim Fallon abstained 20
1:04 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh has been criticised for voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – as both Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes, party president Tim Farron and Health Minister Norman Lamb abstained in this week’s vote.
Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends ‘aggressive homosexual community’ equal marriage slur 66
11:13 AM — Former Conservative defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth has defended his comments about the “aggressive homosexual community”.
Columnist Richard Godwin: Does Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth ‘dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him?’ 10
10:39 AM — London Evening Standard columnist Richard Godwin jokes Sir Gerald Howarth’s recent comments about the “aggressive homosexual community” maybe because “he really does dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him.”
22nd May 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes accuses David Lammy of ‘playing the race card’ in equal marriage debate 40
2:04 PM — Ahead of last night’s vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, former Labour minister David Lammy was accused of “playing the race card” by staunch equal marriage critic David Burrowes.
Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland: I would rather be called a ‘s**t’ than a homophobe and the equal marriage bill is flawed 24
1:11 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has released a lengthy statement, defending his record on equality, after he used colourful language at a Labour student in Leeds who accused him of trying to wreck the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill).
Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland brands student a s**t in equal marriage Twitter row 8
12:11 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has used highly colourful language in a row with a student over his actions during the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: I won’t expel members who call gay sex ‘disgusting’ 47
11:18 AM — UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he will not expel UKIP members for voicing "old-fashioned" views about homosexuality, including those who describe it as “disgusting”
Gay Tory MP Stuart Andrew slams Sir Gerald Howarth over his ‘aggressive homosexuality community’ jibe 18
10:46 AM — Stuart Andrew, the gay Conservative MP for Pudsey, has criticised Aldershot MP Sir Gerald Howarth who warned on Monday of an "aggressive homosexuality community".
David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote 63
9:06 AM — Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has passionately defended his controversial bill to make same-sex marriage legal arguing that it could transform the lives of young LGBT people.
21st May 2013
Maria Miller: The time for equal marriage has finally come 12
7:59 PM — In her address to the Commons, shortly before MPs passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller said “now is the time” for equal marriage.
MPs pass same-sex marriage bill in final third reading 52
7:15 PM — MPs have voted 366 - 161 overwhelmingly in favour of passing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) – in its third reading in the House of Commons.
London: Gay sauna denies hosting ‘bareback’ sex parties 40
5:52 PM — The owner of a gay sauna in north London has denied claims that his business was prepared to host a “Bareback Party” and “Raw Heat Pig Party”.
Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke: ‘I’ve tried to push myself to be gay but I’m actually bisexual’ 16
4:02 PM — Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke says he’s bisexual but that “the whole country thinks I'm gay”.
Boris Johnson calls on Tories to unite and for the government to ‘get on with legalising equal marriage’ 11
1:50 PM — Boris Johnson has called on the government to get the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill signed into law as soon as possible.