25th May 2012
Video: Jack Straw backs Home Secretary Theresa May by coming @Out4Marriage 13
12:30 PM — The former Labour Home, Justice and Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has become the latest senior politician to join the cross party Out4Marriage campaign for gay couples to be allowed to marry. Yesterday, Home Secretary Theresa May recorded an Out4Marriage video where she made clear her personal commitment for gay couples to be allowed to marry.
24th May 2012
Editorial: Thanks Home Secretary for coming @Out4Marriage, now come out for religious same-sex marriage! 50
11:54 PM — Today Theresa May joined her Liberal Democrat colleague Lynne Featherstone and her Labour opposite number Yvette Cooper in backing the Out4Marriage campaign. And she couldn't have chosen a more significant day to do so.
Poll: Opposition to equal marriage, especially black voters, hits record low after Obama’s support 31
7:38 PM — Opposition to equal marriage has fallen to a record low, and that this change is connected to President Obama's endorsement of the measure, a new poll by Washington Post and ABC News finds.
Video: Colin Powell supports equal marriage 10
5:21 PM — Just as British Home Secretary Theresa May came Out4Marriage today, across the pond, former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has also announced that he supports equal marriage.
Update: No. 10 says MPs will be given free vote on equal marriage 138
10:15 AM — In an apparent volte face on "full commitment" to equal marriage, No. 10 announced today that Conservative MPs will be given a free vote on voting for the measure in Parliament, though it has denied that it is backtracking on its support for the measure.
23rd May 2012
Nick Clegg warns Tories against backing down on equal marriage 65
11:05 AM — Just as Owen Paterson, the Tory Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, became the first cabinet minister to oppose equal marriage, Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and the Deputy Prime Minister, has issued a warning to the Conservatives not to back down on the introduction of marriage equality.
Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, opposed to equal marriage 89
10:42 AM — The Tory MP Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has become the first cabinet member to publicly declare his opposition to marriage equality.
22nd May 2012
Croatia may introduce civil partnerships for gay couples 29
4:18 PM — Croatia may introduce legislations to allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships, and also to recognise marriages between members of the same-sex performed elsewhere.
20th May 2012
US black civil rights group, NAACP, endorses equal marriage 31
9:24 PM — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has passed a resolution yesterday endorsing equal marriage, two weeks following President Obama's move to do so.
19th May 2012
50 Cent is 100% for gay marriage but not gay men that touch ‘your little buns’ in elevators 101
4:03 PM — The rapper 50 Cent has told a magazine that he is backing President Barack Obama's personal support of equal marriage for same sex couples, but argues that organisations should be created to protect the rights of heterosexual men, who might be at risk of gay men touching them up in an elevator.
Comment: Trans people need equality to get our marriages, confiscated by the state back 55
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat councillor Sarah Brown explains from the perspective of a transgendered person why she's supporting the Out4Marriage campaign. The current unfair and discriminating system of opposite sex marriages and same sex civil partnerships has meant that she and her wife were forced to surrender their marriage and instead consider themselves 'civil partners'.
18th May 2012
Maryland: Equal marriage not legal yet, but divorce for gay couples is okay 8
10:41 PM — The highest court in Maryland has ruled today that while the state recognises only heterosexual marriages, gay couples married in other states can have their marriages dissolved in the state.
Disneyland champions gay rights in Japan 17
9:23 PM — Disneyland has become an unlikely champion of gay rights in Japan, by allowing same-sex couples to marry on its premises, even though same-sex relationships have no legal recognition in the country.
French prime minister promises to implement equal marriage and adoption rights for gays 61
2:20 PM — The new French prime minister has announced a commitment to implement new president François Hollande's pledge to equalise the laws on marriage for gay and straight couples.
Tasmania: 250 attend vigil at ‘Excellent Marriage’ anti-gay marriage conference 10
12:52 PM — 250 people attended a vigil outside an anti-marriage equality conference in Tasmania last night as it was revealed the winning video message in a conference competition to define 'excellent marriage' was from a gay man.
Chris Bryant: Tory MP’s response to equal marriage enquiry ‘as cruel as it was offensive’ 129
11:52 AM — A Conservative MP's response to an enquiry about equal marriage has been called 'cruel and offensive' in its treatment of couples who are unable to have children by gay Labour MP Chris Bryant and 'truly shocking' by a constituent.
Video: Sir Richard Branson comes @Out4Marriage – ‘The law should treat everyone the same, straight or gay’ 70
10:25 AM — The founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, has become the most high profile figure so far to film a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, which calls for global equal marriage for gay couples.
17th May 2012
Angela Eagle MP: Gay couples will be in limbo until equal marriage laws are announced 30
2:57 PM — Angela Eagle, the first female MP to enter a civil partnership, has called on the government to introduce marriage equality legislation and take gay couples out of 'limbo'.
Comment: David Cameron has to press ahead on marriage equality, and so do we 22
1:39 PM — The consequences of abandoning marriage equality plans in the face of opposition by would-be theocrats would be disastrous for the Tories, for LGBT people and for democracy, Adrian Tippetts argues.
Green leader Caroline Lucas calls for ‘legislation not consultation’ in her @Out4Marriage video 9
10:21 AM — Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and the leader of the Green Party has become the first party leader to publish their Out4Marriage video. Ms Lucas called on the Government to "legislate not consulate" and echoed calls made yesterday by the Labour MEP Peter Cashman for straight couples to be allowed to have civil partnerships should they wish