1st June 2012
Typo blamed after Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says faiths ‘will be able to marry gays’ 16
1:10 PM — The office of Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has blamed a typographical error for messages he sent to constituents which appear to say religious institutions will be allowed to marry gay couples under government plans.
31st May 2012
Australia: New South Wales Parliament calls on federal government for equal marriage laws 11
2:26 PM — The Upper House of the Parliament in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has called on the federal government to allow gay couples to marry and to allow religious bodies to perform ceremonies if they choose.
Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales 18
1:24 PM — Two weeks remain until the government's consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples closes, prompting final calls for responses from gay and trans people as well as straight allies.
Policing minister Nick Herbert ‘rather fed up’ with being told civil partnerships are enough for gay couples 36
12:06 PM — The Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert has said he is 'forever grateful' to those who voted for civil partnership legislation but 'getting rather fed up' with being told gay couples should be satisfied with the system.
30th May 2012
Maryland: Anti-equality campaigners deliver twice the number of signatures needed for state referendum 23
11:00 PM — Opponents of equal marriage in Maryland have provided more than twice the required number of signatures in order to bring forth a statewide referendum on the issue during November's presidential elections.
Video: Oona King comes @Out4Marriage to redress ‘outrageous’ marriage inequality 8
6:31 PM — Labour politician Oona King has become the latest to film a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, saying her support is inspired by the fact that her parents' mixed-race marriage would have been illegal in some parts of the US at the time they wed.
Daily Mail criticises Nick Clegg’s ‘illiberal’ whipped vote on equal marriage 73
4:46 PM — The Daily Mail has published a leader article today criticising the deputy prime minister's intention to whip the party's MPs to vote for legislation removing the ban on gay marriages in England and Wales.
Illinois citizens to sue for equal marriage rights 9
2:30 PM — Illinois residents are to file lawsuits against the state, arguing that the ban on marriages for gay couples is unconstitutional.
29th May 2012
Archbishop Vincent Nichols says equal marriage will damage society 134
8:41 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, has warned of 'damaging consequences' to society, and of severing the bonds which bring it together, if equal marriage were introduced.
Religious groups urge David Cameron to maintain equal marriage support 18
11:33 AM — Quakers in Britain, Unitarians and Liberal Judaism have written to the Prime Minister urging him to see through his commitment to change marriage laws to enable gay couples to marry and asking him to allow them to perform gay weddings.
28th May 2012
Video: Musician Paloma Faith comes @Out4Marriage 4
4:20 PM — British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith has added her voice to the Out4Marriage campaign for equality in marriage between gay and straight couples.
Free equal marriage debate to take place in London tomorrow 24
3:33 PM — In the final weeks of the government's public consultation on how to implement marriage equality for gay and straight couples, a debate between humanists, Catholics, Jews and social commentators will take place in the capital.
Scottish parliamentary motion supports gay comic book wedding 13
2:47 PM — Ten members of the Scottish parliament have backed a motion in support of the two gay X-Men characters due to wed in their comic's next issue.
Tory MP who said equal access for gays would ‘mangle’ marriage raises consummation concerns 139
12:40 PM — A Catholic Tory MP has voiced concern over the government's plans to allow gay couples to marry, suggesting the law on consummation may be affected to the detriment of straight couples.
Video: ConservativeHome editor Tim Montgomerie comes @Out4Marriage 25
11:42 AM — The editor of the influential ConservativeHome blog has added his support to the Out4Marriage campaign, recording a video in favour of allow gay couples an equal right to marriage.
27th May 2012
Video: 80s gay icon Sinitta comes @Out4Marriage for gay couples everywhere 25
1:00 PM — Joining a growing number of public figures, the American singer, ex-girlfriend of both Simon Cowell and Brad Pitt, and sometime X-Factor judge is the latest celebrity to film a video for the Out4Marriage.org campaign, which calls for global equal marriage for gay couples.
Nick Clegg denounces free vote on equal marriage 113
11:40 AM — In what is the most visible sign of the split between Lib Dems and the Tories on the issue of equal marriage, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has said that the issue cannot be left to individual conscience.
Another ComRes/Coalition for Marriage poll finds voters opposed to equal marriage 123
10:52 AM — The anti-equality group, Coalition for Marriage (C4M), has once again teamed up with ComRes to release a new poll, which claims that a majority of the voters are opposed to equal marriage.
26th May 2012
Julian Clary: Push for equal marriage akin to suffragette struggle 30
8:13 PM — The British comedian Julian Clary has compared the current push for equal marriage in the UK to the suffragette struggle of the fin de siècle, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
25th May 2012
Famous gay bar in Los Angeles bans bachelorette parties until marriage becomes equal 30
9:17 PM — Twice voted the best gay bar in the world, The Abbey in Los Angeles has banned all bachelorette parties until marriage becomes equal for gay couples.