12th January 2013
A thousand Catholic priests fear that equal marriage marks a return to ‘centuries of persecution’ 293
1:44 AM — More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed a letter saying that if equal marriage is legalised it could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during "centuries of persecution" of Catholics in Britain.
10th January 2013
Dean of Worcester: I agree with allowing equal marriage because ‘marriage is not an institution’ 16
3:34 PM — The Dean of Worcester has written an opinion piece laying out his reasons for supporting marriage equality, and the government's plans to legalise equal marriage.
Anglican Nigerian church threatens to split from Church of England over gay bishops row 26
2:52 PM — The Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion has threatened to break away from the Church of England over a recent announcement that the latter has dropped its opposition to gay clergy becoming bishops.
Liam Fox: Gays should be treated with respect – but banned from marrying 50
12:58 PM — Former defence secretary Liam Fox says as a medical doctor same-sex relationships are a variant of the spectrum of human sexual behavior, although this does not mean he approves of the government’s equal marriage plans.
Exclusive: David Blunkett: Equal marriage plans are ‘a complete dog’s dinner’ 37
11:41 AM — Labour’s former home secretary David Blunkett has described the government’s equal marriage plans for England and Wales as a “complete dog’s dinner”.
7th January 2013
David Cameron: We haven’t made it clear enough that churches won’t be forced to marry gay couples 31
11:28 AM — David Cameron has reaffirmed his commitment to same-sex marriage but said that the Government hasn't communicated the changes very well to those who fear changes being imposed on churches.
Primate of Kenya warns Church of England against ordaining gay bishops 32
11:11 AM — The Primate of Kenya has condemned the Church of England for dropping its prohibition on gay clergy becoming bishops, providing they are in celibate or in celibate civil partnerships.
4th January 2013
Church of England drops opposition to gay bishops- so long as they’re celibate 103
4:01 PM — The Church of England has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy becoming bishops.
26th December 2012
Poll: Majority of public want Church of England to hold same-sex weddings 31
12:36 AM — A new poll has found that the majority of the people in England and Wales wish for the Church of England to be able to conduct same-sex marriages.
24th December 2012
UK: PM attempts to appease anti-gay Christians by quoting Bible in Christmas message 42
1:48 PM — Commentators believe this year’s Christmas message by the prime minister is being seen as a way of trying to appease socially conservative Christians.
21st December 2012
Archbishop of Wales to meet Government to tell them not to ban his church from performing same-sex marriages 24
8:52 AM — The Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, will today tell the British Government not to go ahead with a proposed legislative ban on same-sex marriage.
18th December 2012
Muslim council wants exemption from “discriminatory” marriage equality law 81
10:49 AM — Muslim leaders have spoken out about upcoming marriage equality legislation to say that all religions should be allowed exemption from the law, not just the Church of England and Church in Wales.
17th December 2012
Gay Essex dads to sue government over church same-sex marriage ban 92
3:33 PM — Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow plan to mount a legal challenge over the government’s decision to ban gay couples from marrying in the Church of England.
16th December 2012
Anglican vicars say they will defy equal marriage ban on Church of England 53
1:40 AM — Vicars from the Church of England have threatened to find a way of bypassing the ban on the church performing same-sex weddings in upcoming marriage equality legislation, by blessing ceremonies held in other churches.
15th December 2012
Archbishop of Wales: Equal marriage ban for Church in Wales ‘a total shock’ 37
1:02 AM — The head of the Anglican Church in Wales has said the church will attempt to persuade the UK government to drop plans to make it illegal for same-sex marriages to be performed there, in upcoming equal marriage legislation.
14th December 2012
Bishop of Buckingham: Church will be a fool to squander the option of ‘getting real’ by backing same-sex marriage 24
12:59 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, the most senior member of the Church of England to back the Out4Marriage campaign for marriage equality has warned that the Church of England risks squandering a “precious opportunity to get real” by backing same-sex marriage.
Church of England: We weren’t consulted over the government’s same-sex marriage ban 51
12:21 PM — The Church of England says it only learnt of the government’s plan to ban it from performing same-sex marriages when Culture Secretary Maria Miller took to the Commons despatch box on Tuesday.
13th December 2012
Church of England: We can live with the government’s marriage reforms 35
11:30 AM — The Church of England has hinted that it could one day conduct marriages for gay couples despite its current opposition to the idea.
Laurence Watts’ 10 gay news events predictions for 2013 30
10:32 AM — Laurence Watts has unveiled his top ten LGBT predictions for 2013 - how many of them do you think will happen?
12th December 2012
Simon Callow: Banning the Church of England from same-sex marriage is a ‘medieval idea’ 29
4:12 PM — Simon Callow has described the government's decision to ban the Church of England from conducting same-sex marriages as "a bit bewildering" and a "sort of medieval idea".