23rd November 2012
UK: Stonewall chief believes bishop vote helps David Cameron on same-sex marriage 5
9:26 PM — Stonewall's CEO has responded cautiously to claims the PM may fast-track equal marriage legislation. Ben Summerskill also believes this week’s Church of England vote on female bishops could affect the equal marriage campaign.
UK Youth Parliament votes not to campaign for same-sex marriage 47
3:15 PM — Following a day of debates and votes held at the House of Commons, the UK Youth Parliament has voted to reject same-sex marriage equality as its campaign for 2013. It came bottom in a vote of priorities by delegates.
London Evening Standard calls for PM to move quickly on same-sex marriage 19
11:46 AM — The London Evening Standard has published an editorial stating that speeding up implementation of equal marriage would help benefit the government.
22nd November 2012
ConservativeHome editor: Cameron is on ‘right side of history but wrong side of core voters’ on equal marriage 26
11:17 PM — Tim Montgomerie, the editor of Conservative Home has urged Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to argue more passionately in favour of same-sex marriage, but he warned that at present, Mr Cameron is on the “right side of history, but the wrong side of his core voters” on this issue.
South Dorset MP criticises David Cameron for fast-track vote on equal marriage 36
10:57 PM — The MP for South Dorset has written an open letter to David Cameron, voicing his strong opposition to equal marriage, giving religious reasons, and saying that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
New Zealand: Churches won’t be forced to perform same-sex weddings 7
9:46 PM — The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has confirmed that, if equal marriage becomes legal, carrying out same-sex wedding ceremonies won't be mandatory for churches.
Conservative MP: Church is deluded if it thinks Parliament will listen to opposition of same-sex marriage 27
7:53 PM — The Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry who speaks on behalf of the Church of England’s commissioners in Parliament has warned that the church is deluding itself if it thinks that MPs will listen to its arguments against marriage equality for gay couples.
Colombian politician says gay sex is ‘dirty and repulsive’ 50
1:43 PM — A senator in Columbia has launched a homophobic tirade in the country’s parliament and has said gay sex is “excremental” and deserves “condemnation".
French president U-turns on same-sex marriage opt-out idea 16
1:06 PM — French President Francois Hollande appears to have backtracked on suggestions that mayors who oppose equal marriage should be allowed to personally opt-out from pending legislation.
New Zealand: Committee told that equal marriage is an ‘abomination’, and could lead to incest 25
12:44 AM — The select committee reviewing the equal marriage bill in New Zealand, has heard submissions from two pastors, one who called equal marriage a sin, and an "abomination," and another who said that incest is "the way it could go" if equal marriage became legal.
Source: David Cameron to introduce equal marriage legislation within weeks 57
12:26 AM — A senior source in Downing Street has told the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron is to fast-track legislation to introduce equal marriage within weeks.
UK: Same-sex marriage vote due ‘within weeks’ says Mail 1
12:19 AM — Plans to allow same-sex marriage could be voted on and approved by MPs within weeks, according to the Daily Mail.
21st November 2012
US: Baltimore launches LGBT wedding planner, invites same-sex couples to marry there 5
11:47 PM — Officials from Baltimore's tourism board have launched an LGBT wedding planner, with a view to compete with other states in which equal marriage is legal, and to attract same-sex couples to marry there.
France: ‘Mosque for gays’ with mixed prayer groups to be opened in Paris 37
8:59 PM — A mosque aimed specifically at gay people, and which would provide mixed gender prayer groups, is set to open in Paris at the end of November.
French president hints at concessions over same-sex marriage bill 30
4:15 PM — French President Francois Hollande has suggested that mayors who oppose equal marriage should be allowed to personally opt-out from pending legislation.
Poll: 34% ‘less likely’ to vote Tory if same-sex marriage is legalised 46
12:37 PM — The political arguments on whether equal marriage is a vote winning policy for the Conservative Party shows no sign of dying down, as ComRes releases another poll.
US: Obama commended for stance on equal marriage by 10-year-old’s letter 15
12:55 AM — A 10-year-old in the US was surprised to get a reply to a letter she sent to President Barack Obama. She had written to tell him that she appreciated his acceptance of the love between same-sex couples.
20th November 2012
US: Anti-gay Christian lawyer charged with selling sexual access to child on the internet 37
10:33 AM — A lawyer associated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a vehemently homophobic Christian law group, is being held in federal custody after being arrested by FBI agents on suspicion of the sexual exploitation of a child and possessing images of child abuse.
19th November 2012
Brighton: Anti-equal marriage Christian councillor loses latest appeal 28
10:25 PM — Same-sex marriage opponent Christina Summers is still fighting to overturn disciplinary action taken by the Green Party after she voted against equality.
George Osborne ‘foolish’ on same-sex marriage, says Archbishop Nichols 105
10:55 AM — George Osborne’s support for equal marriage is “foolish” and resembles a “political football” says the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols.