16th December 2012
Tory, Labour and cross-bench Peers and MPs say Government is ignoring public ‘opposition’ to equal marriage 53
11:45 PM — Almost 60 Conservative, Labour and cross-bench MPs and peers have signed up to a new Parliamentary plan to oppose same-sex marriage. The politicians and former clergymen have signed a strongly worded letter to the Daily Telegraph where they accuse David Cameron and Nick Clegg of “ploughing on regardless” in the face of what it claims was an “overwhelming public response” in opposition to equality.
13th December 2012
Simon Callow: I’m @Out4Marriage because I pay taxes and I’d like the same privildges as everyone else 13
5:55 PM — In his video for the Out4Marriage campaign, the actor Simon Callow says that as a tax payer, he must have the same rights and privileges as anyone else to marry.
UK: Jewish Masorti movement hints it might endorse same-sex marriage in synagogues 2
2:20 PM — While the Reform and Liberal Judaism movements have welcomed the government’s plans to allow gay couples to marry in synagogues, the Masorti movement has not joined the orthodox United Synagogue and the Chief Rabbi in opposing the moves.
Daily Mail accepts that David Cameron is ‘brave and principled’ to support equal marriage 45
1:13 AM — The Daily Mail, one of the cheerleaders of the anti-equal marriage press has accepted that David Cameron has been "brave" and is "acting on principle" with his proposals to make same-sex marriage equal. The paper argues though that it is the wrong battle for him to fight.
11th December 2012
Out4Marriage, Peter Tatchell and Ed Miliband raise concerns over Church of England gay wedding ban 33
10:04 PM — Out4Marriage, Peter Tatchell and the leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband have this evening raised conerns over the decision to formally ban the Church of England from performing same-sex marriages.
Ed Miliband: Entire Labour Shadow Cabinet will vote for same-sex marriage but it will be a free vote 18
7:37 PM — Although he will not be whipping all his MPs to vote for equal marriage, the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband has said that his entire shadow cabinet backs the move.
NUS to lobby MPs on equal marriage, will deliver 4,000 Christmas cards to David Cameron 3
4:19 PM — The National Union of Students LGBT is taking the next steps to push for marriage equality, as the government announces plans to bring forward marriage equality in early 2013.
UK: Equal marriage advocates celebrate government’s plans to bring forward marriage equality 1
3:35 PM — The advocates of marriage equality for the UK are celebrating today's announcement that the government plans to bring forward legislation legalising equal marriage next year.
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.
10th December 2012
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.
9th December 2012
Boris Johnson and 18 senior Tories to push for marriage equality 56
10:05 AM — A number of senior Conservative politicians announced today that they had formed a new campaign group which supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, in an act of defiance against traditionalists within the party.
8th December 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a step towards a fairer society 25
7:46 PM — Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert who proposed the Equal Marriage motion to the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2010 argues that the Government's plans to make same-sex marriage legal is an important step towards building a fairer society in Britain.
7th December 2012
Maria Miller: Allowing churches to hold same-sex marriages will strengthen religious freedom 38
11:07 PM — The Culture Secretary and Minister for Equality, Maria Miller has laid out the Government’s plans for introducing full marriage equality in an article for the Conservative supporting Daily Telegraph.
Nick Clegg: We won’t force churches to hold same-sex marriages if they don’t want to 18
4:01 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has joined David Cameron in commenting on the reports that the government is to allow same-sex marriages to take place in churches.
Exclusive: Government to support gay couples marrying in church in plans to be announced next week 41
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk understands the government is to push for complete marriage equality, meaning religious organisations will be allowed to provide same-sex marriages, as part of its reforms, despite widespread opposition by senior Anglican and Catholic leaders.
1st December 2012
Video: Sir Ian McKellen says ‘I want to get married in Middle Earth’ for same-sex marriage campaign 14
8:26 PM — X-Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video for a New Zealand equal marriage campaign.
22nd November 2012
ConservativeHome editor: Cameron is on ‘right side of history but wrong side of core voters’ on equal marriage 26
11:17 PM — Tim Montgomerie, the editor of Conservative Home has urged Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to argue more passionately in favour of same-sex marriage, but he warned that at present, Mr Cameron is on the “right side of history, but the wrong side of his core voters” on this issue.
Conservative MP: Church is deluded if it thinks Parliament will listen to opposition of same-sex marriage 27
7:53 PM — The Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry who speaks on behalf of the Church of England’s commissioners in Parliament has warned that the church is deluding itself if it thinks that MPs will listen to its arguments against marriage equality for gay couples.
Source: David Cameron to introduce equal marriage legislation within weeks 57
12:26 AM — A senior source in Downing Street has told the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron is to fast-track legislation to introduce equal marriage within weeks.
11th November 2012
UK equalities minister: Gay couples will be banned from suing churches that refuse to marry them 154
10:24 AM — The British equalities minister has confirmed that gay couples are to be prevented from using European human rights laws to demand a church to marry them. Maria Miller, the culture secretary and equalities minister has said that new safeguards would prevent couples from using the European Convention on Human Right’s protection for freedom of religion to force a particular church to marry them.