12th March 2012
Current guidance ‘could let schools promote bigotry’ 4
2:46 PM — Classroom equality campaigners Schools Out have said today that the state of current rules on anti-gay materials means schools may be given "a licence to promote bigotry".
Archbishop of York: Church would need to approve gay civil marriage law 119
1:41 PM — The Archbishop of York appears to have claimed the Church of England must give its permission to the legal extension of equal marriage rights to gay couples even in a civil setting.
Christian hoteliers ‘may go to Supreme Court or ECHR’ over gay room ban 155
12:51 PM — Christian hoteliers who discriminated against a gay couple by refusing them a room have said the law 'has gone too far' and they may challenge it at the Supreme Court or the European Court of Human Rights.
Unitarian chapel in Manchester celebrates first civil partnership licence 14
11:09 AM — The Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester has received a licence from Manchester City Council to hold civil partnerships on its premises, believed to be the first of its kind in England and Wales.
Nick Clegg: Marriage equality by 2015 68
9:25 AM — At the Liberal Democrats' Spring Conference this weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg promised the UK's first gay marriage would take place before 2015 as a result of Liberal Democrats being in government.
11th March 2012
Source: Iraqi government complicit with alleged emo and LGBT massacres 26
2:07 PM — The Iraqi Interior Ministry has backed an alleged massacre of up to 100 Emos and LGBT people last month, a new wave of massacres may start today or Monday, says a Gay Middle East Iraqi source.
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.
9th March 2012
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.
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.
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
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.
New Dean of St Paul’s says Church should welcome gay marriage 29
11:54 AM — The new Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London has called on the Church of England to embrace gay couples who wish to marry, calling marriage the 'best pattern for how to flourish [...] gay or straight'.
Poll: 70 percent of Britons oppose equal marriage 146
11:12 AM — A ComRes poll commissioned by Catholic Voices has found that 70 percent of two thousand people agreed marriage should only be available to a man and a woman.
7th March 2012
Chile: Gay man scarred with swastikas after homophobic attack 20
5:35 PM — The cause of a young gay man in Chile who was attacked and will be left permanently scarred with swastikas on his chest has prompted an outcry for hate crime laws.