30th April 2012
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.
Lynne Featherstone: Churches will not be sued under gay civil marriage proposals 43
2:18 PM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has pledged there will be 'no risk of successful legal challenge' against religious bodies who are unable to marry gay couples as a result of the government's gay civil marriage proposals.
Comment: I hope my Equal Marriage film wakes us all up to support changing the law 24
12:09 AM — Mike Buonaiuto asks, 'what do you do when the Government says it wants to change the marriage laws in England and Wales to allow gay couples the same rights as straights to conduct marriage ceremonies?' For him it meant making a film to ensure we all fight to support the Government's pledge to change the law.
Video: Coalition for Equal Marriage releases beautiful viral campaign film 186
12:00 AM — A new independent short film produced to support the Coalition for Equal Marriage has been released to encourage support for the Government's plans to lift the ban on civil marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales.
22nd April 2012
Church’s opposition to equal marriage ‘disastrous’, senior bishop says 82
7:20 PM — Following a letter to the Times by several high-profile Anglican clergymen, wherein they affirmed their support for marriage equality, the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, has said that the current opposition by the Church to equal marriage is similar to the view of eighteenth century Christians that slavery was "God-given."
21st April 2012
Senior Anglican Clergy: “Church should rejoice” over equal marriage 182
12:59 PM — A group of leading clergymen of the Anglican Church have, in a letter to the Times, said that equal marriage is a cause to celebrate, and that the Church of England has "nothing to fear" on account of extending marriage to same-sex couples.
20th April 2012
Comment: How our island came to support equal marriage 20
4:05 PM — Sheree Bell writes on how the community on the Isle of Thanet drummed up grass roots support to become the second council in England to back equal marriage.
Thanet Council votes to support equal marriage 30
10:49 AM — A district council Kent has become the first council in Kent and second in England to vote in favour of the government's proposals for equal marriage, it was announced today.
19th April 2012
Muslim MSP: Voters should not ‘deny others freedom’ on imams’ equal marriage call 28
3:00 PM — A Muslim MSP has called on the country's Islamic community not to 'deny' others their freedom after a group of imams said they should not vote for candidates who favour equal marriage.