25th December 2012
Feature: The top 15 stories that changed LGBT life in the UK in 2012 6
12:59 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important UK stories of the last twelve months. This year has been an exceptional one for LGBT news in the UK so we've decided to extend the number of stories to 15!
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
Tory MP Steve Baker: Letting gays marry will not improve tolerance in our society 51
9:22 AM — Conservative MP for Wycombe, Steve Baker, has said that the Government's plans for same-sex marriage will not improve tolerance in society. He said the Government should wait 10 years before letting gay couples marry.
18th December 2012
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Same-sex marriage is an ‘abuse of language’ 74
11:51 AM — The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has questioned whether David Cameron can be trusted due to his support for equal marriage.
16th December 2012
Tory, Labour and cross-bench Peers and MPs say Government is ignoring public ‘opposition’ to equal marriage 53
11:45 PM — Almost 60 Conservative, Labour and cross-bench MPs and peers have signed up to a new Parliamentary plan to oppose same-sex marriage. The politicians and former clergymen have signed a strongly worded letter to the Daily Telegraph where they accuse David Cameron and Nick Clegg of “ploughing on regardless” in the face of what it claims was an “overwhelming public response” in opposition to equality.
Mail on Sunday poll: 60% of British voters support David Cameron’s plans for same-sex marriage 16
11:08 PM — A poll for the Mail on Sunday, a newspaper that is opposed to equal marriage has found that the majority of the public support changing the law. The poll also found that half of Conservative voters support David Cameron’s plans for gay equality.
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.
Stephen Hawking calls for David Cameron to pardon gay code breaker Alan Turing 34
11:27 AM — The scientist Professor Stephen Hawking and the broadcaster Lord Michael Grade have joined other distinguished scientists and peers to call on the Government to pardon Alan Turing.
13th December 2012
Lib Dem Chief Whip: I’m happy not to whip my MPs on same-sex marriage 18
12:48 PM — Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael, who is the party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons, says the decision to offer a free vote on marriage equality for his MPs is based on Labour and the Conservatives doing the same.
Daily Mail accepts that David Cameron is ‘brave and principled’ to support equal marriage 45
1:13 AM — The Daily Mail, one of the cheerleaders of the anti-equal marriage press has accepted that David Cameron has been "brave" and is "acting on principle" with his proposals to make same-sex marriage equal. The paper argues though that it is the wrong battle for him to fight.
12th December 2012
LGBT Labour group criticise Ed Miliband for allowing a free vote on same-sex marriage 26
3:28 PM — While welcoming the government's commitment in allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales from 2013, the Labour Party’s affiliated LGBT campaign group have criticised the decision of its leadership to grant Labour MPs a free vote on the plans.
11th December 2012
Peter Tatchell: Gay couples have legal advantage if civil partnerships are not offered to straight couples 27
4:38 PM — Following the UK government's announcement today to bring forward equal marriage legislation in early 2013, Peter Tatchell has said that it is wrong to make it illegal for the Church of England to marry same-sex couples, and that gay couples will have a legal advantage, if straight couples are not offered the right to civil partnerships.
Backbench Tory MPs speak out against ‘outrageous’ marriage equality plans 37
3:59 PM — Tory backbenchers have spoken out against the government's plans to allow marriage equality in 2013, suggesting a link between the plans, and declining numbers of people getting married before having children, and calling it an "outrage", and a "disgrace".
UK: Equal marriage advocates celebrate government’s plans to bring forward marriage equality 1
3:35 PM — The advocates of marriage equality for the UK are celebrating today's announcement that the government plans to bring forward legislation legalising equal marriage next year.
Portsmouth Bishop: Equal marriage will ‘pervert authentic family values’ 20
3:03 PM — Portsmouth's Catholic Bishop has spoken out against the government's recently announced plans to bring forward marriage equality next year, saying that it would "pervert authentic family values".
Religious groups to ‘grasp’ opportunity to ‘opt-in’ to UK marriage equality 19
2:40 PM — Religious groups in the UK have expressed their support for marriage equality, and have said they will perform same-sex weddings, once the law comes into place, as announced today.
Labour to hold a free vote on same-sex marriage 27
11:06 AM — The Labour Party has signalled that it will now allow its MPs to have a free vote on the government’s equal marriage plans despite previously indicating that it would impose a three-line whip.
10th December 2012
Government to issue official response to same-sex marriage consultation on Tuesday 23
4:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government will outline its response to this year’s equal marriage consultation on Tuesday (11 December) after being summoned to the Commons to answer an urgent question.
Catholic bishop: David Cameron is ‘devoid of moral competence’ for supporting same-sex marriage 99
11:24 AM — The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, believes the prime minister is now “out of his depth” and can no longer be trusted by Christians due to his support for religious same-sex marriages.
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”.