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June 29, 2013

From the armed forces marching in strict order to community groups signing, dancing and blowing whistles, thousands joined the Pride in London parade

Huge crowds cheered a colorful celebration of gay marriage and marked a day to reflect on LGBT rights, at Pride in London (29 June).

The British capital’s pride comes at a time when same-sex marriage legislation for England and Wales is set to be passed by the UK Parliament in the next few weeks, with the Scottish Parliament not far behind.

But the plight of LGBT people elsewhere in the world, particularly in Russia where activists are attempting to mark pride in St Petersburg, was a dark cloud over the revelers on a day otherwise bathed in sunshine.

June 10, 2013

Labour MP Chris Bryant is hoping the Church of England chapel in Parliament could become multi-faith to allow same-sex couples to marry there

The UK parliament has asked Queen Elizabeth II to allow gay couples to marry in a royal chapel.

Members of parliament are hoping the St Stephen’s Chapel, the main place of Christian worship in the Palace of Westminster, could become a multi-faith venue that would allow same-sex couples to get married once it is legal in England and Wales.

Gay Labour MP and former Anglican vicar Chris Bryant has suggested allowing leaders of other faiths to conduct same-sex marriages in the chapel, such as the Quakers.

May 20, 2013

British MPs have rejected amendments that would have watered down or delayed gay marriage proposals

Members of Parliament (MPs) have knocked back amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales that would have watered down or possibly delayed or ‘wrecked the bill’.

An amendment by Conservative party gay marriage critic David Burrowes MP to allow marriage registrars to refuse to conduct same-sex weddings was defeated by 340 votes to 150.

March 17, 2013

Ministers and MPs are debating turning the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, located beneath Parliament, into a ‘multi-faith prayer room’ in order to conduct same-sex marriages

A Labour MP has submitted a proposal for a Westminster chapel to conduct same-sex marriages.

According to The Telegraph, Labour MP and gay marriage supporter Chris Bryant introduced the idea that the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft be turned into ‘multi-faith prayer room’, which would open the door for ministers belonging to religious denominations such as Quakers and Liberal Jews to conduct same-sex marriages.

March 17, 2013

Ministers and MPs are debating turning the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, located beneath Parliament, into a ‘multi-faith prayer room’ in order to conduct same-sex marriages

A Labour MP has submitted a proposal for a Westminster chapel to conduct same-sex marriages.

According to The Telegraph, Labour MP and gay marriage supporter Chris Bryant introduced the idea that the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft be turned into ‘multi-faith prayer room’, which would open the door for ministers belonging to religious denominations such as Quakers and Liberal Jews to conduct same-sex marriages.

February 18, 2013

It’s no longer acceptable for the British Prime Minister to please both sides on gay rights, his colleague Jones’ comments need to be condemned

Welsh Secretary David Jones comment gay couples ‘clearly’ cannot raise children has sparked outrage throughout LGBT Britain.

‘I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can’t do,’ he told ITV Wales’ Face To Face program.

February 15, 2013

Labour MP Chris Bryant has asked the Welsh Secretary David Jones to retract his comments saying gay people 'clearly' could not raise children

A gay member of parliament has responded to the Welsh Secretary David Jones’ controversial comments on gay parents.

In a controversial interview on Welsh television, he said gay couples ‘clearly’ could not raise children.

‘I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can’t do,’ Jones said.

July 7, 2012

Boris Johnson blamed for 'embarrassing' World Pride in London, despite thousands of LGBT marchers taking part

The dark clouds which have been hanging ominously over this year’s troubled World Pride event in London finally broke today (7 July), but participants marched on despite the heavy showers.

Although the parade had been turned into a procession with only walking groups and no cars, buses or floats, thousands of people from LGBT organizations, charities, unions and political groups put on a brave face to process through the UK capital’s center.