12th December 2012
Scotland refuses to ban ‘any church’ from providing same-sex marriages 23
11:21 AM — All religious institutions – including the Church of Scotland – will be free to decide for themselves if they would like to provide marriages for gay couples, under plans announced today.
Archbishop of Wales: Banning churches from same-sex marriages is a step too far 64
10:35 AM — The Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan says making it illegal for the Church in Wales to offer marriages for gay couples is a "step too far" and believes the government should reconsider its plans.
11th December 2012
Sir Ian Mckellen: I have been living with prostate cancer for years but it’s no big deal 10
10:09 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has revealed he has been living with prostate cancer for several years, but says he currently requires no treatment.
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
Government consultation: 53% in favour of equal marriage 21
1:47 PM — In a blow to the opponents of equality, the results of this year's government consultation show 53% are in favour of the introduction of equal marriage.
Government: Churches will be able to marry gay couples from next year 80
12:31 PM — The government has confirmed that full marriage equality will be introduced for gay couples living in England and Wales.
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley condemns same-sex marriage opponent Colin Hart 18
12:10 PM — Colin Hart, the director of the UK’s main Christian lobby group that opposes equal marriage, has been denounced in the House of Commons by Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley.
Labour to hold a free vote on same-sex marriage 27
11:06 AM — The Labour Party has signalled that it will now allow its MPs to have a free vote on the government’s equal marriage plans despite previously indicating that it would impose a three-line whip.
Uganda anti-gay law protest takes place outside London embassy
9:52 AM — Campaigners have staged a protest outside the Ugandan embassy in London over the country’s pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
10th December 2012
Welsh Secretary David Jones to vote against same-sex marriage 20
6:36 PM — Welsh Secretary David Jones will vote against equal marriage rights for gay couples in England and Wales but is refusing to explain why because of his position within government.
Government to issue official response to same-sex marriage consultation on Tuesday 23
4:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government will outline its response to this year’s equal marriage consultation on Tuesday (11 December) after being summoned to the Commons to answer an urgent question.
Austin Mitchell MP: Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage 78
2:06 PM — Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has tweeted that “Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important” and says Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs to have a conscience vote on the issue.
David Davies MP: How can I be homophobic? I once fought a gay man in a boxing ring 65
12:30 PM — Welsh Conservative MP David Davies, who over the weekend suggested most parents would prefer their children “not to be gay”, has dismissed accusations that he is a homophobe by reminding people of his participation in an amateur boxing match against a gay fighter.
Catholic bishop: David Cameron is ‘devoid of moral competence’ for supporting same-sex marriage 99
11:24 AM — The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, believes the prime minister is now “out of his depth” and can no longer be trusted by Christians due to his support for religious same-sex marriages.
Sir John Major applauds David Cameron’s ‘courageous’ support for religious same-sex marriages 20
10:36 AM — Sir John Major has thrown his support behind same-sex marriages in religious settings and says David Cameron’s backing of the reform is “genuine”.
7th December 2012
Church of England: David Cameron is being ‘divisive’ over same-sex marriage 46
6:32 PM — The Church of England has criticised David Cameron’s support for allowing faith organisations to provide marriages for gay couples.
Yvette Cooper: Now time for parliament to ‘get on’ with legalising equal marriage 14
5:32 PM — Labour’s Yvette Cooper has welcomed David Cameron's backing for same-sex religious weddings, but has urged the prime minister to ensure parliament "gets on with it".
Lancashire: LGBT community urged to help finding missing teen 1
4:32 PM — Lancashire Police are re-appealing for information about the whereabouts of a teenage boy, who has links with the LGBT community, and has been missing from his home in Leyland for almost two weeks.
Tory MP Bob Blackman: Cameron should be re-introducing Section 28 not letting gays marry 104
3:57 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman has responded to David Cameron’s support for religious same-sex marriages by suggesting the prime minister should resurrect Section 28, a notorious piece of anti-gay legislation passed under the Thatcher government.
Unitarians welcome government support for religious same-sex marriages 3
3:03 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches has welcomed claims the government will announce its support for religious same-sex marriages next week.