5th September 2012
Tributes to Featherstone, but concern for UK equal marriage policy following reshuffle 19
6:20 PM — The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches has paid tribute to Lynne Featherstone, the UK Government’s former equalities minister, who was moved from the post in yesterday’s reshuffle.
Questions over new UK equalities minister’s gay voting record 46
2:12 PM — Conservative MP for Basingstoke Maria Miller, who was appointed yesterday by David Cameron as culture secretary and has direct responsibility for the newly moved Government Equalities Office (GEO), is under the spotlight after a number of activists noted her questionable voting record on LGBT equality.
Australian Christian lobbyist: Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry because they are more likely to smoke 62
12:48 PM — The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) appears to have come up with a whole new reason for why Australia should be against equal marriage.
UK Catholic Bishop says equal marriage is a ‘gathering storm’ for Christians 76
11:06 AM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies, has launched another attack on the government’s plans to introduce equal marriage.
Democrats endorse equal marriage, and ‘appropriately represent’ LGBT community 10
12:48 AM — The Democratic National Convention has kicked off, and has been praised for appropriately representing, and embracing the LGBT community in the US.
4th September 2012
Lynne Featherstone moved from equalities role in UK Government reshuffle 48
7:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is to leave her post as the government’s equalities minister. It has been reported that she will move to a new role at the Department for International Development, while the Home Office will loose responsibility for the equalities agenda in government.
Salmond: Equal marriage debate is ‘good’ for Scotland 20
6:09 PM — A bill to legalise marriage for same-sex couples has been formally included in today’s legislative agenda for the new term of the Scottish parliament.
Minnesota: Bishop urges Catholics to support equal marriage ban 26
12:52 PM — The archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is asking Catholics in the US state of Minnesota to vote in favour of a pending constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Fatboy Slim: Supporting equal marriage is a ‘no brainer’ and I talk about the issue with my son 10
10:01 AM — DJ Norman cook, otherwise known as Fatboy Slim, has launched a scathing attack on “reactionary, rightwing, homophobic idiots and religious zealots” for opposing plans to introduce marriage equality in the UK.
2nd September 2012
Northern Ireland: Alliance Party votes in favour of equal marriage 13
12:25 AM — The Alliance Party in Northern Ireland has voted in favour of introducing equal marriage. The motion passed, calling for “equal civil marriage with robust protection for faith groups”.
30th August 2012
Warning made to US churches that collecting money for anti-equality causes is not allowed 8
9:12 PM — Churches in Washington have been reminded that they are not to act as intermediaries by taking donations for political causes, including a group attempting to overturn the legalisation of equal marriage in the state.
Tasmania: equal marriage bill passes in first stage of parliament 20
8:35 PM — Tasmanian advocators of equal marriage celebrated today, as a bill to legalise same-sex marriage was passed in the first chamber of parliament.
29th August 2012
Update: New Zealand parliament supports equal marriage 80 votes to 40 39
7:10 PM — The New Zealand Marriage Amendment Bill, which would legalise equal marriage, has passed its first reading with a majority in parliament in support of the change.
New Zealand: a thousand march on Parliament in support of equal marriage 5
2:50 AM — Around a thousand supporters of equal marriage marched through Wellington to push forward on support for a bill which will have its first reading today, and would legalize same-sex marriage.
27th August 2012
Students lobby Christian Labour MP over equal marriage 29
12:41 PM — The LGBT Society at the University of Huddersfield recently met with Barry Sheerman MP, a devout Christian for an informal discussion.
26th August 2012
Scottish government urged to “stand firm” on equal marriage decision 13
7:36 PM — Supporters of equal marriage rights have put pressure on the Scottish government to stand by their policy on equal marriage, following condemnation by the Catholic Church today.
Republican Mayor of San Diego speaks out in favour of equal marriage 4
1:05 AM — In a TV advert which is to be broadcast during the Republican National Convention, The Mayor of San Diego, California, has spoken urging voters to support equal marriage for all.
23rd August 2012
Hugh Hefner announces support for equal marriage 13
9:18 PM — The publishing veteran is adamant that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage is a basic infringement of their human rights.
Bishop of Buckingham: ‘Church should get its head around gay relationships and be @Out4Marriage’ 68
1:04 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham has become the most senior member of the Church of England to join the Out4Marriage campaign to introduce equal same-sex marriage in the UK. But a spokesman for the Church says that his message of equality is not the official view of the Church of England.
20th August 2012
Video: Boris Johnson comes @Out4Marriage and says marriage is a ‘happy state’ 53
1:31 PM — The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has become the most high-profile Tory in the country to release a video message in support of the global campaign for equal marriage.