18th October 2012
Northern Ireland Health minister to challenge gay adoption ruling 35
3:08 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced he will challenge a landmark ruling to overturn the ban that prevents gay couples in civil partnerships from adopting in the country.
16th October 2012
UK: Labour MP Chris Bryant to introduce ten minute equal marriage bill 63
4:03 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant’s decision to introduce a ten minute rule bill on equal marriage in the House of Commons has been described as the “first shot” in the parliamentary battle for marriage equality.
UK: Church weddings possible in 10 years, says gay dean 22
10:55 AM — It could take 10 years for same-sex marriages to be approved by the Church of England – that’s according to Dr Jeffrey John, the gay Dean of St Albans.
15th October 2012
Simon Callow: I have a ‘right’ to marriage 32
7:13 PM — Actor and theatre director Simon Callow believes the recent outbursts of Lord Carey and former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe on the subject of equal marriage illustrates how the two are living in the past.
12th October 2012
Yvette Cooper: ‘Get on with legalising same-sex marriage’ 76
11:41 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says David Cameron needs to “show a bit of backbone” over the issue of equal marriage.
8th October 2012
Italy: Police break trans prostitution ring 10
4:21 PM — Italian police say they have broken a prostitution ring which brought transgender people from Latin America into the country.
Comment: It’s vital to lobby MPs over equal marriage 36
1:52 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Matthew Sephton, chairman of LGBTory says it’s vital that the LGBT community continues to press the case for marriage equality among all parliamentarians.
5th October 2012
Scotland: Church minister defects over gay clergy 56
9:27 PM — A minister has quit the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy.
Comment: Equal marriage is a test for my Jewish Orthodox faith 117
5:15 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT campaigner Oliver Kasin talks of how his Orthodox Jewish faith has created a personal conflict due to his sexuality. He would also like the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks to end his opposition to equal marriage.
3rd October 2012
Comment: The gay rights debate should avoid political point scoring 28
9:54 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, David Skelton, the deputy director of the influential Policy Exchange think-tank argues that discussion on LGBT issues should avoid descending into “party political tribalism”.
1st October 2012
Presbyterian Church: Equal marriage will ‘demolish’ society 42
2:56 PM — The Presbyterian Church has written to all Northern Ireland Assembly members stating its staunch opposition to equal marriage.
UK: Ban on night time civil partnerships lifted 23
12:43 PM — Gay couples will now be given greater freedom of choice as outdated time restrictions on civil partnership ceremonies are removed by the government.
26th September 2012
UK: Process to appoint new Archbishop of Canterbury gets underway 34
10:47 AM — Anglican officials are preparing to make a final decision on who is to be the new Archbishop of Canterbury, ahead of Dr Rowan Williams' retirement from the post in December.
3rd September 2012
Poland moves towards introducing civil partnerships 23
1:00 PM — Poland’s ruling centre-right party, Platforma Obywatelska (PO), has announced that it will introduce legislation allowing gay couples to have civil unions.
7th August 2012
Germany: Call for equal tax benefits for gay couples 18
5:35 PM — Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, have called for gay couples in civil unions the same tax breaks as married couples.
31st July 2012
New civil partnerships in the UK up six percent in 2011 19
11:39 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK in 2011 was 6,795, an increase of 6.4 per cent on the previous year.
19th July 2012
Ireland: Two years since civil partnerships law passage marked 29
4:41 PM — The two-year anniversary of the day on which Ireland's civil partnerships system was signed into law by the country's president has been marked with a call for marriage equality.
10th July 2012
Ireland: 734 civil partnerships since introduction last year 26
1:26 PM — 1,468 gays and lesbians in Ireland have taken advantage of the country's new civil partnerships law, which came into force in 2011.
28th June 2012
Video: Policing minister Nick Herbert says difference between civil partnership and marriage ‘matters’ 20
1:21 PM — Nick Herbert, the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, has become the latest member of the government to join the Out4Marriage campaign to support efforts to legalise gay marriages.
22nd June 2012
Queensland ‘downgrades’ civil partnerships and will ban gay surrogacy 100
10:38 AM — The Australian state of Queensland will remove gay couples' ability to have children through surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships to the class of 'registered relationships', after a debate in Parliament last night.