7– Coalition for Equal Marriage launches

Following the launch of the anti-gay Coalition for Marriage, Conor Marron and James Lattimore, a gay couple with no previous experience of LGBT campaigning decided to launch their own counter campaign, the Coalition for Equal Marriage.

With the help of Mike Buonaiuto, who later went on to co-found the Out4Marriage campaign, the group released a viral video that has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

6 – Nick Clegg issues apology to church leaders over ‘bigot’ row

In September, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg wrote a formal letter of apology to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster over claims he was prepared to describe the religious opponents of equal marriage as ‘bigots’ in a speech at an LGBT reception that took place in central London.

Directly after the speech, Mr Clegg attempted to play down the row in an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk

However, Peter Bone, the anti-equal marriage Conservative MP called on Mr Clegg to apologise or resign over the row.
5 –BNP leader Nick Griffin harasses gay couple on Twitter 

In October, a Cambridgeshire gay couple were on the receiving end of abuse from BNP leader Nick Griffin, after they won a discrimination case against the Christian owner of a B&B. The North-West England MEP called for a protest outside the home of John Morgan and Michael Black on Twitter.

4 –Out4Marriage campaign for equal marriage launches

PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen and the viral video maker Mike Buonaiuto launched an ‘It Gets Better’ style campaign for marriage equality in the UK.

The project went live with a video by Mr Cohen’s grandparents explaining why they support equal marriage. That video was shared by Stephen Fry who subsequently recorded his own video for the campaign.

Other videos were recorded by Hugh Grant, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Home Secretary Theresa MaySir Richard Branson, the Virgin founder, Labour leader Ed Miliband; The Saturdays girl groupJack Straw, the former Foreign Secretary; David Walliams, the  Britain’s Got Talent judge; Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green party; Lynne Featherstone, the Lib Dem Equalities Minister; Peter Tatchell, the  gay rights campaigner; Lord (Chris) Smith), the Advertising Standards Authority chairman and Rabbi Ariel Friedlander among many others.

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