16th May 2012
ASA responds to claim it ‘persecuted’ religious blog in investigating anti-gay marriage ad 238
3:19 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has responded to claims by a religious blogger that correspondence it sent him requesting he comply with an investigation into a Coalition for Marriage advert amounted to 'persecution'.
Denmark: Ex-minister equates gays with ‘killer snails’ to oppose equal marriage rights 64
12:13 PM — A former Danish government minister as equated gays with the hermaphrodite 'killer snails' plaguing the country in an argument against gay marriage rights.
15th May 2012
Video: US rapper and producer Jay-Z supports gay couples marrying 22
5:21 PM — Rapper Jay-Z has backed US President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he supported equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
Poll: 35 percent believe government should drop equal marriage plans 111
12:58 PM — 51 percent of Britons think the government should go ahead with its plans to allow gay and straight couples equal access to civil marriage.
Letter: LGBT media urge responses to ‘historic’ equal marriage consultation 32
11:11 AM — The UK's leading LGBT media outlets have issued a joint statement today calling on readers to respond to the government’s consultation on how to introduce civil marriage equality between gay and straight couples in England and Wales.
Obama: Extending marriage to gay couples will ‘strengthen families’ 48
12:19 AM — President Barack Obama has continued to speak out in favour of equal marriage while attending a celebrity laden fund-raiser in New York. After being introduced by openly gay star Ricky Martin, President Obama said: that all people are "equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect."
14th May 2012
One month remains for government consultation on marriage equality 4
5:30 PM — A month remains until the close of the government's consultation on how to implement civil marriage equality for gay and straight couples.
MPs declaring early support for equal marriage outnumber opponents three to one 6
2:09 PM — Of the members of Parliament to have made early public statements on marriage equality, those who are likely in principle to vote for the government's proposals to allow gay couples to marry outnumber opponents three to one.
Equal marriage campaigns ‘demonise the backward working class’, commentator claims 76
12:13 PM — A commentator for a British online magazine has said campaigners 'demonise' the working class by supporting equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples.
Church of Ireland Synod: Gay relationships cannot be ‘normative’ 68
10:37 AM — The General Synod of the Church of Ireland has passed a motion confirming its opposition to the recognition of gay marriages and describing straight unions as the only 'normative' context for a sexual relationship.
11th May 2012
Poll: 51% of Americans agree with Obama’s support of equal marriage 13
9:46 PM — More than half of Americans have said that they approve of President Obama's support for equal marriage, though 60% of the respondents also said that this announcement would have no bearing on their voting decisions, according to a Gallup/USA Today poll released this evening.
University of Wolverhampton students to host equal marriage support day 44
5:18 PM — Students at the University of Wolverhampton who launched an 8,500-strong petition in favour of marriage equality for gay and straight couples will be holding an awareness day next week.
Comment: Barack Obama joins an unstoppable global trend towards equality 13
5:13 PM — President Obama has, at last, moved with the flow of history and an unstoppable global trend towards equality, writes Peter Tatchell.
Comment: A U-turn on equal marriage would set the Tories back years 34
3:32 PM — Matthew Todd writes that he has watched the Conservative party’s evolution with nervous optimism and that if those MPs now speaking out against marriage equality have their way, the 'dark and divisive' instincts of Conservatism will be revealed to a new generation.
David Walliams, Stephen Fry and The Saturdays come @Out4Marriage 13
3:17 PM — Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and The Saturdays have already pledged their support of introducing equal marriage in the UK.
New Zealand prime minister ‘not opposed’ to marriage for gay couples 20
12:40 PM — New Zealand's prime minister has said he is 'not personally opposed' to allowing gay couples to marry, but added that it was not part of the government's legislative programme.
10th May 2012
British girl band The Saturdays first musicians to come @Out4Marriage 11
5:47 PM — British girl group The Saturdays have lent their support to the Out4Marriage campaign and urged the public to get on board and support marriage equality for gay and straight couples.
Petition aims to send 100,000-person ‘thank you’ to Barack Obama for equal marriage support 13
4:23 PM — A petition has been launched by AllOut.org to deliver a thank-you card to US President Barack Obama for his support for marriage equality for gay couples.
Video: Religious figures among those announcing they are @Out4Marriage 40
1:40 PM — Religious figures are among those joining the new video campaign for marriage equality, Out4Marriage.
9th May 2012
Reactions to Obama’s endorsement of equal marriage begin to flow 83
10:16 PM — Politicians and gay rights activists have begun to react to President Obama's announcement today that he supports equal marriage for same-sex couples.