24th January 2013
Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons 86
11:37 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
23rd January 2013
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
22nd January 2013
Church of England criticised for Twitter joke about equal marriage and Katie Price 10
3:58 PM — The Church of England has received criticism after its official Twitter account tweeted a joke about Katie Price in response to a question about its opposition to equal marriage.
21st January 2013
Bishop of Truro: I’m against same-sex marriage — maybe we could call it something else? 67
12:15 PM — The Bishop of Truro is against the idea of gay couples entering into marriages, although he has stressed the importance of maintaining a dialogue about the subject.
14th January 2013
Church of England considering in-church blessings for ‘celibate’ gay couples 43
1:40 PM — Reports have suggested that the Church of England plans to consider allowing gay couples to have their civil partnerships blessed in churches.
Tory ‘love cheat’ MP says same-sex marriage makes it ‘difficult to promote Christian values’ 53
12:45 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, says legalising equal marriage would make it “difficult to promote Christian values in parliament.”
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.