3rd May 2012
Equal marriage opponents’ poll finds government plans not a factor for most voters 40
10:55 AM — A ComRes poll announced by equal marriage opponents the Coalition for Marriage and Christian Institute has revealed that, for most voters, the government's proposals are not enough to sway them to or from a political party.
2nd May 2012
Scottish Episcopal church unveils gay wedding mural 23
4:46 PM — A Scottish Episcopal church in Edinburgh has unveiled a mural of two men marrying in a religious ceremony.
Comment: Four reasons the Christian and Jewish faiths are set to approve equal marriage 36
4:19 PM — The greatest revision of belief within the Judaeo-Christian faiths since the Reformation is underway, Alan Austin writes.
Audio: Baptist pastor tells flock to ‘crack the limp wrists’ of their effeminate sons 109
11:35 AM — A South Carolina pastor has told his congregation they have 'special dispensation' to punch and crack the wrists of effeminate sons and tell their 'butch' daughters to 'dress themselves up'.
30th April 2012
Scotland: Pro-equality and anti-equality faith groups both step up campaign 27
9:54 PM — A broad alliance of faith groups has released an open letter, sent to all Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs), demanding the right to conduct marriages for same-sex couples, while an anti-equality group has said it will send a leaflet to every house in Glasgow, campaigning against marriage equality, ahead of Thursday's council election.
Coalition for Equal Marriage campaign film reaches 500,000 views 27
4:18 PM — A short film released to support equal access to marriage for gay people has amassed over half a million views in less than a week.
Scottish Catholic Education Service says equal marriage would ‘undermine teachers’ 85
12:50 PM — The Scottish Catholic Education Service has said the introduction of marriage equality would stop state-funded Catholic schools teaching children the faith's views that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
Brian Paddick live blogs on crime, schools, marriage, Iran, transport and the gay blood ban (transcript) 17
12:18 PM — Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick became the latest of the London Mayoral candidates to spend an hour chatting to PinkNews.co.uk readers. Here, the only gay candidate in the race talks about crime, homophobia in schools, Iran, Ken Livingstone saying the Tories were' riddled' with homosexuals and why he's opposed to the ban on gay men donating blood.
David Furnish calls marriage equality the ‘next great civil rights battle’ 51
11:29 AM — David Furnish has described the fight for marriage equality for gay couples as the 'next great battle' for civil rights.
29th April 2012
Mail on Sunday: Tory Chief Whip says equal marriage proposals will ‘not come to a vote’ 136
6:05 PM — The Tory Chief Whip, Patrick McLoughlin, has privately assured anxious Tory backbenchers that the current proposals for equal marriage will "not come to a vote," and that they will be "kicked into the long grass," the Mail on Sunday reports. However, a spokesperson for David Cameron said the Prime Minister said he and the Government remain committed to change the law.
28th April 2012
Vatican Archbishop calls for alliance with Muslims and Jews against equal marriage 143
5:13 PM — Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, has called for the formation of an alliance between Catholics and other faiths, including other Christian denominations, to fight against the current government proposals to bring forth equality in marriage.
Iain Duncan Smith defies Catholic Church to back marriage for gay couples 51
10:43 AM — The most senior Catholic in the British Government, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, has confirmed that he will be supporting Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to introduce equal civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. In a remarkable evolution of his own personal approach to LGBT rights, he pointed out that in a country where so many hetrosexual couples are breaking up, marriage equality is a positive method of creating a more stable society.
27th April 2012
Gay marine accepts navy veteran’s marriage proposal at base homecoming 28
3:59 PM — A gay US marine returning from a ten month tour of duty in Afghanistan was greeted with a marriage proposal in San Diego, California this week.
26th April 2012
Methodist conference to discuss equal marriage and gay clergy 12
11:23 PM — The United Methodist Church (UMC), which has at least 12 million followers around the world, is set to debate questions of equal marriage and the ordination of gay bishops as part of its General Conference.
Welsh government to investigate PinkNews exposé that Catholic schools promote anti-gay petition 63
8:03 PM — The Welsh Government is to begin an offical investigation after PinkNews.co.uk exposed that the Catholic Education Service has asked more than 300 English and Welsh schools to promote the Coalition for Marriage's anti-gay petition which asks the British Government not to go ahead with prime minister David Cameron's pledge to introduce marriage equality in England and Wales
Comment: Encouraging pupils to sign the Coalition for Marriage is shocking, repugnant and probably illegal 72
3:41 PM — Richy Thompson of the British Humanist Association says the actions of the Catholic Education Service in asking state-funded schools to draw attention to the Coalition for Marriage may break equality and education laws.
Row over legality of Coalition for Marriage presentations in Catholic state schools 44
3:04 PM — A row has erupted over correspondence issued by the Catholic Education Service to nearly 400 Catholic schools in England and Wales which asked them to 'draw the attention' of pupils to the Coalition for Marriage's anti-equality petition, first revealed by PinkNews.co.uk yesterday.
MP who warned of ‘polygamy and child marriage’ defends anti-marriage equality view 46
12:04 PM — Lincoln's Conservative MP has defended his views on marriage equality after telling a constituent the move could lead to polygamy and child marriages.
25th April 2012
New York: Mayor-hopeful to marry her partner
11:00 PM — Christine Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council, will marry her partner of eleven years, Kim Catullo, in a civil ceremony on May 19, it has been announced.
US: Poll finds majority support for equal marriage 21
9:49 PM — A US poll has found that 47 percent of people are in favour of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, with 43 percent opposed, adding to a growing body of evidence that the country is increasingly moving towards the direction of equality.