18th June 2012
All same-sex unions are against Jewish Law, Chief Rabbi’s consultation response says 67
9:21 PM — In its official response to the government consultation on equal marriage, the office of the Chief Rabbi has submitted that Jewish Law prohibited the practice of homosexuality, and therefore same-sex unions.
Comment: Opposing gay state marriages while accepting straight ones is repugnant, and it does faiths no good 64
6:15 PM — Jane Fae asks, if our Churches already sanction straight civil marriages, how can they legitimately get so het up about gay ones?
Scotland: Marriage poll defended after Catholic spokesman’s ‘distortion’ claim 32
5:30 PM — Polling agency Ipsos-MORI and the Equality Network have defended a poll showing record levels of support for marriage equality in Scotland after a spokesman for the Catholic Church said it was ‘distorted’.
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage 13
5:02 PM — Claudio Marchisio, a midfielder on Italy's national squad has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples, a week after a team-mate said he hoped there were no gays on their team.
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
17th June 2012
Poll: Record 64 percent support for equal marriage in Scotland 72
9:00 AM — A new survey of Scottish people suggests that almost two in three support equal marriage, with only one in four expressing opposition, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.
Anglican Mainstream: Gays marrying will lead to children being taught about ‘eating human faeces’ 180
8:59 AM — Writing about her letter to her MP, Dr Lisa Nolland, lay minister and blogger for Anglican Mainstream, has claimed that legalising same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught risky sexual practises in school, including "eating human faeces".
16th June 2012
Video: President Obama’s speech for LGBT Pride Reception 9
10:11 PM — During a reception to mark LGBT pride month, President Obama tells gay and trans supporters that he will have a 'friend' and 'fellow advocate' in him as long as he remains at the White House.
Home Office Minister Nick Herbert: Churches should be allowed to marry gay couples 39
10:53 AM — Nick Herbert the Minister for Policing at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice has said that churches that wish to solemnise marriages of gay couples should be allowed to do so. He said the Church of England's current position has made him feel “distant” from his own faith.
15th June 2012
New York: Fifth grade student’s pro-equality speech censored 30
11:41 PM — A fifth-grade student in New York who wanted to deliver a speech for marriage equality had his opportunity censored, but later reinstated due to immediate backlash, US media organisations say.
Singer Cheryl Cole supports equal marriage 16
10:50 PM — The British singer Cheryl Cole has added her support to the growing chorus of voices that have called for the introduction of marriage equality in the UK.
Denmark: Equal marriage laws for gay couples come into effect today 44
10:23 AM — Denmark's new laws allowing gay couples to marry in the state church have come into effect today.
Gay consultant editor of the Daily Mail, Andrew Pierce, opposes equal marriage 248
12:03 AM — An openly gay columnist for the Daily Mail has penned an article for the newspaper arguing against equal marriage, arguing that his opposition did not make him a bigot.
14th June 2012
Out4Marriage: Ban on religious same-sex marriages may breach human rights laws 14
4:17 PM — In its official submission to the Government's consultation on introduce equal civil marriage for same sex couples, Out4Marriage has called on the Government to allow religious institutions to solomise ceremonies should they wish to do so, arguing that a ban would be in breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organisation also called for same spouses of someone receiving an honour to be given a courtesy title.
Law Society backs equal marriage, says faiths will not be forced to marry gay couples 108
1:58 PM — The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has lent its support to equal marriage rights for gay couples and called for faiths to be allowed to perform gay weddings if they so choose, saying the European Court of Human Rights has shown it is 'not going to force religious groups to conduct same-sex marriages'.
Opening marriage to gay couples ‘would improve sexual health’ 60
10:35 AM — The HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has said today that allowing gay couples an equal right to marry as straight couples would improve the nation's sexual health.
Exclusive: Home Office website makes equal marriage consultation appear to have closed 24 hours early 29
12:43 AM — The Home Office webpage that used to introduce visitors to the Government's proposals to introduce same sex marriage has been 'archived' and placed into the National Archive during the consultation period and more than 24 hours earlier than had been planned.
13th June 2012
Church in Wales wants exemption from conducting gay wedding ceremonies 31
9:56 PM — A day after the Church of England published its response to the government consultation on equal marriage in England and Wales, the Church in Wales has submitted its own response, seeking exemptions from being forced to conduct wedding ceremonies for gay couples.
Possibility of gay religious weddings welcomed 15
4:29 PM — The possibility of gay couples being allowed to marry in religious weddings has been welcomed following prisons minister Crispin Blunt's suggestion that a blanket bar could be 'problematic legally' and support for religious ceremonies by David Cameron's Parliamentary private secretary.
Northern Ireland: Peer calls homosexuality ‘a rung on the ladder to bestiality’ 55
3:16 PM — The Ulster Unionist Party has distanced itself from comments made by Lord Maginnis this morning that marriage for gay couples was something 'unnatural' that would be 'imposed' on society, calling it a 'rung on the ladder' to bestiality.