13th March 2012
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'.
God Hates Fags church protests Radiohead gig 30
11:03 AM — The infamous Westboro Baptist Church picketed a Radiohead concert in Kansas City yesterday with trademark placards reading 'God Hates Fags' and others questioning the band's song-writing abilities. Radiohead's producer said it was the 'highlight of the tour so far'.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
9th March 2012
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'.
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.
Catholic Diocese drops homeless funding over director’s gay marriage views 56
12:27 PM — A Catholic Diocese in California has dropped the funding it gives a homelessness charity citing the new director's views on abortion and equal marriage rights for gays.
8th March 2012
Jack Straw: Church’s marriage views imply I’m a better person because I was born straight 82
6:03 PM — The former Labour Justice Secretary, Jack Straw has attacked the opposition to marriage equality by the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. He writes: "“I didn’t choose to be straight. It’s how I am. It would be no different if I were gay. I would neither be a better, nor a worse, person because of it. It would simply be how I was."
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'.
Editorial: The Times now for all to show their hand on marriage equality 76
10:41 AM — On Monday, The Times published an editorial calling for the introduction of gay marriage. PinkNews.co.uk believes our papers, politicians and faiths should now show their hand on marriage equality.
7th March 2012
Kirk Cameron says he was ‘slandered’ over ‘unnatural gays’ comment 52
1:19 PM — Former child actor Kirk Cameron has responded to fierce criticism of his comments about gays at the weekend denying they were 'not loving', and claiming he has been 'slandered' and unfairly accused of hate speech.
Zimbabwe state media ‘backs’ Scottish cardinal on ‘grotesque’ gay marriages 41
11:29 AM — Zimbabwe's state-controlled Herald newspaper is backing the head of the Scottish Catholic Church in his attack on proposals to allow gay couples to marry.