21st March 2012
Liberal Democrat president: Any discrimination in CARE internships unacceptable 44
5:23 PM — The president of the Liberal Democrats has said any discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the religious Westminster internship scheme operated by the charity CARE (Christian Action Research & Education) which he defended this week would be 'unacceptable'.
Liberal Democrat president speaks out on religious charity’s internship scheme 54
1:38 PM — Liberal Democrats president Tim Farron spoke out in defence of the internship scheme funded by religious charity CARE this week, saying it provides valuable access to Parliament for young people, but his office will look into indications gay MPs have not been allowed to participate.
Jacqui Smith ‘happy’ to see civil partnerships make way for equal marriage 52
10:55 AM — Jacqui Smith, who was deputy minister for women and equalities when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.
20th March 2012
Tony Blair avoids question on Liberian anti-gay law 38
5:38 PM — Former UK prime minister Tony Blair avoided answering a question about his view on Liberia's anti-gay laws during an interview with President Sirleaf.
125,000 sign Iraq veteran’s petition to keep New Hampshire’s equal marriage law 24
5:05 PM — 125,000 people across the US have called on New Hampshire's legislature to keep the state's equal marriage laws in a vote tomorrow, signing a petition started by marine who wants to be best man at his brother's wedding.
FAQ: Political advertising on PinkNews.co.uk 15
5:01 PM — In response to recent emails seeking clarification on this issue, here are some of the most frequently asked questions to PinkNews.co.uk about political advertising within our website and iPhone application. We don't back any party in an election just like we can't promise that a new deodorant advertised is going to make you more to the cute guy or girl you have your eye on.
Former US president Jimmy Carter backs ‘very fine’ equal marriages for gays 44
3:54 PM — Former President Jimmy Carter has said gay people should be allowed to marry in civil ceremonies, as 'Jesus never said a word about homosexuality'.
Stonewall calls for ‘calm voice of gays’ in equal marriage consultation 94
3:19 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its response to the government consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples in England and Wales, saying civil partnerships have not been 'sufficient to diminish the remaining prejudice against gay people'.
John Bercow praises gay equality progress during Queen’s reign 29
2:03 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has used a speech at Westminster to highlight how the fight for equality has progressed in the UK during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II as she marked her Diamond Jubilee year in Parliament.
Muslim Council of Britain: Marriage equality for gays ‘unnecessary and unhelpful’ 173
1:05 PM — The Muslim Council of Britain has backed opposition to marriage equality for gays, calling equality an 'unnecessary and unhelpful' exercise.
Lord Tebbit: Nests of snakes in the equal marriage can of worms 127
10:56 AM — Norman Tebbit has labelled the prime minister's reasons for supporting equal marriage 'absurd' and warned that 'nests of snakes' inhabit the 'can of worms' the country is about to open, suggesting polygamy and incest may naturally follow.
19th March 2012
Omar Sharif’s grandson comes out over political fears for Egypt 25
2:06 PM — The grandson of veteran Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has come out publicly as a gay, half-Jewish man citing fears for his country's political future after the Arab Spring.
16th March 2012
Comment: Gays, God, marriage and the politics of polling 21
8:00 PM — Balaji Ravichandran on how the debate on same sex marriage in the UK has been skewed by the politics of the polling and how it reminds him a little of Yes Minister.
Comment: Equal marriage plans must include religion, writes Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper 209
4:40 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says the Government's plans for marriage equality must go further if they are to respect religious freedom and tackle discrimination.
Daily Mail: Ministers ‘viciously bullying’ Church over marriage equality 114
1:10 PM — The Daily Mail has published an editorial today questioning whether there is real public demand for allowing gay couples to marry.
European Parliament calls on Nigeria to reverse anti-gay laws 30
12:36 PM — Following violence and economic concerns in the African state, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution on Nigeria which condemns in part the current legal threats to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
Second MP pulls out of CARE internship scheme over charity’s ‘extreme views’ 26
11:46 AM — A second MP has pulled out of the Westminster internship scheme funded by the charity CARE as an online petition calling on others to pull out has reached 8,000 signatures.
Telegraph: Government ‘risks reigniting anti-gay bigotry’ with equal marriage 92
10:47 AM — The Telegraph has published an editorial saying the equal marriage proposals unveiled by the government yesterday 'risk reigniting anti-homosexual bigotry' and will have ‘profound ramifications’ for the Church of England.
Gay Tories challenge MP’s ‘no mandate for equal marriage’ claim 26
9:53 AM — Conservative group LGBTory has challenged the assertion by a party MP, who recently branded equal marriage 'completely nuts', that the government has no mandate to allow equal marriage rights for gays.
Video: The UK same sex civil marriage debate 69
12:23 AM — Channel 4 News has aired a debate between the Coalition for Marriage and the Coalition for Equal marriage on the Governemnt's plans to introduce same sex civil marriage.