11th March 2012
Letter: Archbishops write to Catholics urging them to oppose equal marriage 112
9:45 AM — The Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark have penned the following letter to parishioners to mobiles them to oppose the prime minister's plans for same sex civil marriage in England and Wales.
UK Equality Minister: Church’s opposition to same sex marriage is ‘Dark Age’ homophobia 73
9:00 AM — Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat minister for equality has said that the language the Church of England and the Catholic Church have used is homophobic and that the views that the leaders are expressing belong in the Dark Ages.
10th March 2012
Polls: More support gay couples marrying in the UK than oppose 64
9:53 PM — An ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph and a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times have found more people are in favour of changing the law to allow gay couples to marry than are opposed.
9th March 2012
Video: MSNBC bans advert criticising network for regularly featuring homophobic guest 20
6:03 PM — MSNBC has rejected attempts by pro-LGBT rights activists to screen an advertisement criticising the homophobic views of the network’s frequent guest Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC).
Video: Proud Mary spoof aims to set Margaret Court straight 6
5:57 PM — It has been some time since former tennis champion Margaret Court's last controversial statement on homosexuality, but this new Court-inspired take on Tina Turner's Proud Mary deserves a mention purely for its comedic value.
Labour MP Eric Joyce fined £3,000 after attack on gay Tory in Commons bar 37
5:22 PM — Eric Joyce, Labour MP for Falkirk in Scotland, has been given a £3,000 fine and banned from pubs for three months after head-butting openly gay MP Stuart Andrew in a House of Commons bar brawl.
Catholic paper ‘expects government to bow to public pressure’ on equal marriage consultation 102
4:55 PM — A Catholic newspaper has claimed the government is 'expected to bow to public pressure' and include in its upcoming consultation on marriage equality a question on whether such marriages should be legalised at all.
Syrian paper claims gays are ‘infesting society’ through uprising 22
3:29 PM — A popular privately owned daily newspaper has published an article alleging gays and lesbians are 'prospering' due to the Syrian uprising and are held responsible for social problems.
Pope: Straight marriage must be ‘defended from misrepresentation’ 116
2:26 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has told an audience of bishops in the US marriage between men and women must be 'promoted and defended'.
Reports of emo youth and LGBT people ‘being massacred in Iraq’ 31
1:51 PM — Since 6 February there have been continuous reports of militia targeting youths which focus on attacks, kidnapping, torture and murder of ‘emo’ youth and individuals perceived as gay, lesbian or trans.
The Times keeps up attack on equal marriage opponents 36
1:20 PM — After officially backing equal marriage rights for gays this week, The Times has published a comment piece today on benefits of such a move, gently cajoling opponents for the quality of their arguments.
Catholic Diocese drops homeless funding over director’s gay marriage views 56
12:27 PM — A Catholic Diocese in California has dropped the funding it gives a homelessness charity citing the new director's views on abortion and equal marriage rights for gays.
Comment: Gay marriage slurs will not keep us from equality 32
11:41 AM — Sarah Ludford MEP writes that the "very fact that those opposed to same-sex marriage cannot have a reasoned debate about the issue just proves that they are bereft of any real arguments".
Analysis: Did the Catholic Voices poll show a Britain opposed to gay marriage? Not really 55
11:07 AM — Can it be right that 70 percent of Britons oppose equal marriage, Edmund Broch asks, or would a single four-letter word missing from that question have changed the result?
Multi-million pound ‘gay divorce’ tests civil partnership law 24
10:04 AM — A case at the Court of Appeal over the splitting of a gay couple's £4 million assets has made headlines due to the couple's differing financial situations.
8th March 2012
Jack Straw: Church’s marriage views imply I’m a better person because I was born straight 82
6:03 PM — The former Labour Justice Secretary, Jack Straw has attacked the opposition to marriage equality by the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. He writes: "“I didn’t choose to be straight. It’s how I am. It would be no different if I were gay. I would neither be a better, nor a worse, person because of it. It would simply be how I was."
Daily Mail columnist: ‘Church’s opposition to gays marrying shows its irrelevance’ 70
5:26 PM — A columnist for The Daily Mail has published a blistering attack on the Church of England and the Catholic Church for arguing against same sex civil marriage. Former UKIP candidate Abjijit Pandya says “fear and disgust towards homosexuals” is “the last great prejudice of our times.” The newspaper is more usually associated with the columnist Melanie Phillips, named Stonewall's Bigot of 2011.
Call for multi-coloured bike hire at WorldPride London 5
3:11 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats' group in the London Assembly has called for the city to roll out limited edition multi-coloured bikes for WorldPride this summer.
Australian comedian to host ‘mass gay TV wedding’ 2
1:57 PM — Australian comedian and television presenter Adam Hills is to host Australia's first 'mass gay TV wedding'.
Malta may give cohabiting gays legal recognition 2
1:35 PM — A bill due to arrive at Malta's parliament which was designed to give cohabiting couples legal rights will include provisions for gay civil partnerships, an official has said.