5th February 2013
More Conservative MPs voted against same-sex marriage than for it 54
8:52 PM — David Cameron's spirits on succeeding to get the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through the first round of the Parliamentary process will be dampened by the knowledge that more of his MPs voted against rather than for his policy.
The Times: Same-sex marriage enshrines justice and will enrich the lives of many 13
8:54 AM — The Times, the paper of record in the United Kingdom and on the breakfast table of most MPs this morning, has published another editorial in favour of same-sex marriage.
Letter: William Hague, George Osborne and Theresa May same-sex marriage ‘is the right thing to do’ 6
8:04 AM — In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, but in reality a letter to fellow Tory MPs, three of the most senior Conservative ministers have pleaded with their colleagues to back same-sex marriage.
4th February 2013
Ed Miliband: Why I will be voting for same-sex marriage tomorrow 13
5:58 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband explains why he will be joining David Cameron and Nick Clegg in voting for same-sex marriage in the House of Commons tomorrow. The Labour leader first came out in favour of marriage equality in an article for PinkNews.co.uk.
Maria Miller: Voting for same-sex marriage will promote stability, responsibility and pride 14
8:49 AM — The Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller has made a final plea to MPs and the public to support the Government's Marriage (Same-sex couples) bill to make same-sex marriage legal.
2nd February 2013
Tobias Ellwood MP: ‘I cannot support the Government’ on same-sex marriage proposal 79
4:52 PM — Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, Tobias Ellwood, has told a PinkNews reader that despite him being a "progressive Conservative", he can not vote to make same-sex marriage legal.
1st February 2013
UK: Health experts blame ‘a return of risky sexual practices’ for rising HIV cases in gay men 173
10:41 AM — Huge improvements in treating and testing for HIV have failed to curb infections among gay and bisexual men, scientists, writing in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, have suggested, with a return of risky sexual practices.
29th January 2013
David Cameron under pressure to grant tax breaks to win same-sex marriage vote 18
11:42 PM — Prime minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are reportedly under mounting pressure to give married couples a tax break in order to secure support for their same-sex marriage bill.
Catholic Church: ‘We recognise that gay couples make loving parents but they must be banned from marriage’ 55
9:15 PM — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has made a surprising acknowledgement that same-sex couples make good parents. The statement is included within a document submitted to MPs and Peers urging them vote against same-sex marriage.
28th January 2013
Church in Wales hints that one day it may agree to marry gay couples 9
12:50 PM — The Church in Wales has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says the proposals give it scope to consider sanctioning marriages for gay couples in the future.
Catholic Church warns gay teachers they risk the sack if they marry or enter into civil partnerships 69
12:08 PM — Openly gay senior teachers at Catholic schools could face demotion or the sack if they fail to live according to the gospel of the Roman Catholic Church.
25th January 2013
Comment: As a Rabbi, I’m praying for common sense over the same-sex marriage bill debate 7
2:45 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of the Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism says that he looks forward to being able to marry couples whether they are same-sex or opposite sex. He urges for common sense in the passing of the legislation.
Yvette Cooper: I’m glad to be supporting the government’s same-sex marriage bill 10
1:16 PM — Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, has welcomed the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: Today is a landmark moment for LGBT equality 9
11:46 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a cause for celebration.
Government publishes same-sex marriage bill for England & Wales 51
10:48 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been published.
Maria Miller: Teachers won’t be forced to promote same-sex marriage but they must not discriminate or offend 22
9:35 AM — Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities has attempted to dampen fears that teachers could face action for telling children they oppose same-sex marriages.
24th January 2013
Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons 86
11:37 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
20th January 2013
Labour Shadow Justice Minister Rob Flello to vote against same-sex marriage equality 96
2:18 PM — The Labour Shadow Justice Minister and MP for Stoke-on-Trent South has told a PinkNews reader that he will vote against the Government's upcoming legislation to introduce same-sex marriage.
17th January 2013
Gareth Thomas: I previously took part in anti-gay jokes and prayed rugby could turn me straight 62
4:15 PM — Former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that he once took part in homophobic jokes with teammates in a bid to hide his sexuality
16th January 2013
Majority of MPs indicate that they will vote for same-sex marriage in England and Wales 31
8:13 AM — A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have indicated that they intend to vote for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.