13th March 2012
Renamed Ben and Jerry’s flavour backs equal marriage in the UK 105
11:56 AM — Ice cream giant Ben and Jerry's has announced today it will be changing the name of one of its ice cream flavours in the UK in support of equal marriage rights for gays.
The Times: Church stance on gay rights is not brave, it is demeaning and futile 59
11:41 AM — In a new editorial, The Times has said the Church of England's stance on equal gay rights is not 'brave', but a 'demeaning, unconscionable and ultimately futile defence of injustice'.
Gay dean: Church of England’s relationship with gays is ‘a disaster’ 51
9:48 AM — Dr Jeffrey John, who has twice lost out on a post as bishop because of his public homosexuality, says his denomination has become the 'last refuge of prejudice' and is treating gay relationships as 'inferior' to straight ones.
12th March 2012
Ken Livingstone: London ‘not on top’ of gay hate crime 32
10:33 PM — Ken Livingstone has accused Mayor Boris Johnston and the Metropolitan Police of complacency when it comes to tackling homophobic crime in the capital.
Women’s Institute declines ‘potentially offensive’ Coalition for Marriage ad 37
4:14 PM — The Women's Institute has declined to run an advert for equal marriage opponents the Coalition for Marriage over fears it would offend 'many members'.
Comment: Marriage would be an unnecessary victory roll for gay rights, David Coburn argues 127
3:48 PM — Last week, David Coburn, UKIP’s openly gay London Regional Chairman, said the government was 'picking a fight’ with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage. Here, he explains why.
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".
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.
Video: Australian politician’s gay brother slams attack ad 2
10:12 AM — Australian politician Bob Katter's gay brother has criticised him for a new advert which attacks an opponent's support for equal marriage rights for gays.
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
Comment: Why we’re building a coalition for equal marriage 225
8:58 PM — In just a few weeks, an incredible 25,000 people have signed a petition calling for same sex marriage to become legal in the UK. The petition was organised by a gay couple incensed at the formation of the anti-gay Coalition for Marriage, here is why they are fighting to open up civil marriage for everyone in Britain regardless of their sexuality.
Letter: Archbishops write to Catholics urging them to oppose equal marriage 112
9:45 AM — The Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark have penned the following letter to parishioners to mobiles them to oppose the prime minister's plans for same sex civil marriage in England and Wales.
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.
10th March 2012
Polls: More support gay couples marrying in the UK than oppose 64
9:53 PM — An ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph and a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times have found more people are in favour of changing the law to allow gay couples to marry than are opposed.
9th March 2012
Video: MSNBC bans advert criticising network for regularly featuring homophobic guest 20
6:03 PM — MSNBC has rejected attempts by pro-LGBT rights activists to screen an advertisement criticising the homophobic views of the network’s frequent guest Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC).
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.
Syrian paper claims gays are ‘infesting society’ through uprising 22
3:29 PM — A popular privately owned daily newspaper has published an article alleging gays and lesbians are 'prospering' due to the Syrian uprising and are held responsible for social problems.
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'.
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".