27th May 2012
Video: 80s gay icon Sinitta comes @Out4Marriage for gay couples everywhere 25
1:00 PM — Joining a growing number of public figures, the American singer, ex-girlfriend of both Simon Cowell and Brad Pitt, and sometime X-Factor judge is the latest celebrity to film a video for the Out4Marriage.org campaign, which calls for global equal marriage for gay couples.
25th May 2012
Video: Jack Straw backs Home Secretary Theresa May by coming @Out4Marriage 13
12:30 PM — The former Labour Home, Justice and Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has become the latest senior politician to join the cross party Out4Marriage campaign for gay couples to be allowed to marry. Yesterday, Home Secretary Theresa May recorded an Out4Marriage video where she made clear her personal commitment for gay couples to be allowed to marry.
17th May 2012
Green leader Caroline Lucas calls for ‘legislation not consultation’ in her @Out4Marriage video 9
10:21 AM — Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and the leader of the Green Party has become the first party leader to publish their Out4Marriage video. Ms Lucas called on the Government to "legislate not consulate" and echoed calls made yesterday by the Labour MEP Peter Cashman for straight couples to be allowed to have civil partnerships should they wish
Tory MP who called gay marriage ‘completely nuts’ ejected from two Parliamentary committees 44
9:51 AM — Peter Bone, one of the most outspoken Conservative party critics of the Government's plans for same sex marriage equality, has lost his place on two influential House of Commons committees.
16th May 2012
Ex-EastEnders star and Stonewall founder Michael Cashman first MEP to come @Out4Marriage 10
8:59 PM — Michael Cashman has become the first member of the European Parliament to join the Out4Marriage campaign. The former star of British soap opera EastEnders says that equality should also mean that straight couples should be entitled to hold civil partnerships should they wish, something that the Government is not currently proposing.
15th May 2012
Will Smith comes out for marriage for gay couples to support Obama 51
8:15 PM — Men in Black 3 star Will Smith has said that the debate about wether gay couples can marry is all about “about semantics."
Obama: Extending marriage to gay couples will ‘strengthen families’ 48
12:19 AM — President Barack Obama has continued to speak out in favour of equal marriage while attending a celebrity laden fund-raiser in New York. After being introduced by openly gay star Ricky Martin, President Obama said: that all people are "equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect."
13th May 2012
Tory MP Craig Whittaker continues to argue that letting gays marry could lead to three-ways or polygamy 79
1:00 PM — Consecrative MP for Caulder Valley, Craig Whittaker says he worries that changing the law to allow gay couples to marry could lead to legalisation recognising three-way relationships or polygamy.
9th May 2012
North Carolina voters pass Amendment One to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships 211
2:40 AM — Voters in North Carolina have approved Amendment One, which introduces a constitutional ban on gay marriages and outlaws even civil unions. The amendment reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
Poll suggests gay voters feel more favourable towards Tories after Cameron’s marriage promises 29
1:04 AM — According to the PinkNews.co.uk voters panel, an invited group of readers representing the LGBT population, LGBT people feel more favourably towards the Conservative Party following the pledge by prime minister David Cameron to introduce marriage equality, although they might not necessarily vote for him. Panel members also felt that straight couples should be offered civil partnerships post marriage equality or the entire civil partnerships system should be abolished.
8th May 2012
Video: PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen’s Grandparents come @Out4Marriage 19
10:15 PM — PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen's Grandparents say "We think the law should be changed so to allow gays or straights to be married with the same rights as a straight couple" as they come Out4Marriage.
Video: Groundbreaking global campaign for marriage equality, Out4Marriage launched 78
10:00 PM — A new cross party and cross media campaign, Out4Marriage.org, to support changing the law to allow gay couples to marry has launched to help spread the message that most people in Britain and indeed the Western world, are happy to "come Out4Marriage".
6th May 2012
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘I’ve never met a gay couple that wants to marry, so bin the policy’ 313
4:07 PM — Following a tirade against the prime minister in the Daily Mail, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has stuck the boot into his pledge to introduce equal civil marriage for gay couples before the next election. She suggests that most gay people don't support changing the law.
Video: US Vice President Joe Biden supports marriage for gay couples 35
3:37 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has told 'Meet the Press' that he "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying. He credits the television programme Will and Grace on evolving many American's attitudes to homosexuality.
3rd May 2012
London Evening Standard comes out for equal marriage 34
12:00 AM — Following comments made by the Prime Minister David Cameron where he reaffirmed his commitment to same sex civil marriage equality, the London Evening Standard has joined The Times and other newspapers in backing a change in the law.
2nd May 2012
David Cameron: ‘The time has come for gay couples to marry’ 116
10:51 PM — Following claims by the Mail on Sunday that the Tory Chief Whip, Patrick McLoughlin told MPs that proposals for equal marriage will be "kicked into the long grass", the Prime Minister has used a pre-local election interview to reaffirm his commitment to the cause.
Boris Johnson: No separate LGBT manifesto and no answers to PinkNews readers’ questions 49
10:15 PM — Incumbent Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson both appeared to reneged on his promise to launch an LGBT manifesto and a promise to answer the questions of PinkNews readers. But a document published last night entitled 'Uniting Londoners' does contain a number of LGBT policies and a reference to PinkNews.
28th April 2012
Exclusive: Education Secretary orders investigation of Catholic Schools’ anti-gay petition scandal 125
2:07 PM — The Education Secretary Michael Gove has ordered officials to investigate the promotion of an anti-gay marriage petition by the Catholic Education Service uncovered by PinkNews.co.uk on Wednesday. This publication revealed that the organisation had written to more than 359 state funded Catholic secondary schools in England and Wales to inform students of the Catholic Church's objections to the Government's plans to allow gay couples to marry and to promote a petition to the prime minister organised by the anti-gay Coalition for Marriage.
Iain Duncan Smith defies Catholic Church to back marriage for gay couples 51
10:43 AM — The most senior Catholic in the British Government, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, has confirmed that he will be supporting Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to introduce equal civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. In a remarkable evolution of his own personal approach to LGBT rights, he pointed out that in a country where so many hetrosexual couples are breaking up, marriage equality is a positive method of creating a more stable society.
26th April 2012
Welsh government to investigate PinkNews exposé that Catholic schools promote anti-gay petition 63
8:03 PM — The Welsh Government is to begin an offical investigation after PinkNews.co.uk exposed that the Catholic Education Service has asked more than 300 English and Welsh schools to promote the Coalition for Marriage's anti-gay petition which asks the British Government not to go ahead with prime minister David Cameron's pledge to introduce marriage equality in England and Wales