14th June 2013
Committee says UK Government did not consult adequately with the Church in Wales on equal marriage bill 9
11:17 AM — A Welsh Assembly committee report says the UK Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales would have effectively banned the Church in Wales from carrying out marriages for same-sex couples in its original drafting.
30th May 2013
Scotland: Highland congregations threaten to leave Church of Scotland over gay ministers 12
5:06 PM — Two congregations in the Scottish Outer Hebrides have threatened to leave the Church of Scotland over the ordination of gay ministers.
15th May 2013
Culture Secretary Maria Miller to allow military chaplains to opt out of providing same-sex marriages 18
11:12 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, says the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be amended to allow chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities and the armed forces, to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.
29th April 2013
UK: Ethnic minority church leaders call for same-sex marriage referendum 63
3:12 PM — Leaders representing more than a million British ethnic minority churchgoers have called for a referendum on equal marriage.
23rd April 2013
Marc Almond: ‘Why would gay couples want to get married in a church that thinks you are a sinner?’ 58
1:09 PM — Marc Almond has questioned same-sex couples who wish to get married in churches that refuse to welcome them “with open arms,” the singer also thinks it’s a mistake to expect religion to modernise.
16th April 2013
Church of Scotland to debate ordaining gay ministers 12
5:37 PM — The governing body of the Church of Scotland is to debate the issue of gay ministers.
1st April 2013
Poll: Catholics less likely to attend church following Cardinal O’Brien scandal 27
5:41 PM — A fifth of Catholics say they are less likely to attend church following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who quit following a string of sexual misconduct allegations.
Senior Scottish Episcopal speaks in support of equal marriage and rebukes Lord Carey 26
11:53 AM — One of the most prominent figures in the Scottish Episcopal Church has criticised Lord Carey for attacking equal marriage.
27th March 2013
Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people 9
11:55 AM — A survey by YouGov shows British acceptance towards same-sex families continues to increase, although perceived tolerance among churches is far lower.
25th January 2013
Comment: Religious opponents of equality should follow the Unitarian Church and agree to marry gay couples 21
6:22 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches hopes that other faith groups will follow his organisation's lead and agree to marry gay couples.
11th January 2013
Survey: Big drop in Americans who say being gay is a sin 17
10:33 AM — Americans who believe being gay is a sin are now a minority, according to new research, which links the trend to President Obama’s decision to support equal marriage.
19th December 2012
US Pentecostal churches blamed for homophobia ‘surge’ in Africa 25
10:38 AM — Extreme elements of the US Pentecostal Church are behind the ‘surge’ in homophobia across Africa, according to human rights groups.
14th December 2012
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.
12th December 2012
Poll: 55% of public support same-sex marriage, but Tory voters divided 9
1:20 PM — A majority of the British public support changing the law to allow marriage rights for gay couples, but Conservative voters are divided on the issue, according to a YouGov poll.
Scotland refuses to ban ‘any church’ from providing same-sex marriages 23
11:21 AM — All religious institutions – including the Church of Scotland – will be free to decide for themselves if they would like to provide marriages for gay couples, under plans announced today.
11th December 2012
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
10th December 2012
Sir John Major applauds David Cameron’s ‘courageous’ support for religious same-sex marriages 20
10:36 AM — Sir John Major has thrown his support behind same-sex marriages in religious settings and says David Cameron’s backing of the reform is “genuine”.
5th December 2012
Desmond Tutu: Uganda should drop ‘totally unjust’ anti-gay law 24
7:25 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town told reporters at the All Africa Conference of Churches “I am opposed to discrimination that is unfair discrimination”.
8th November 2012
UK: Culture secretary seeks to reduce religious fears over equal marriage 71
12:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government is looking at incorporating additional “locks” in its proposed equal marriage legislation.