9th May 2012
Poll suggests gay voters feel more favourable towards Tories after Cameron’s marriage promises 29
1:04 AM — According to the PinkNews.co.uk voters panel, an invited group of readers representing the LGBT population, LGBT people feel more favourably towards the Conservative Party following the pledge by prime minister David Cameron to introduce marriage equality, although they might not necessarily vote for him. Panel members also felt that straight couples should be offered civil partnerships post marriage equality or the entire civil partnerships system should be abolished.
Gallup poll finds that majority in US support equal marriage 19
12:54 AM — A Gallup poll has found that half of the US population believe that same-sex couples should have the same wedding rights and legal rights as heterosexuals, reinforcing other polls that have found a majority support for equal marriage.
8th May 2012
Video: One British couple’s beautiful story of why they’re @Out4Marriage 28
10:44 PM — PinkNews.co.uk readers Adam Williams and James Swinburne were among the first couples to record an Out4Marriage video. Having supported the Coalition for Equal Marriage from its inception, they recorded a beautiful video this week to kick start the Out4Marriage campaign.
Shadow home secretary: ‘Ludicrous’ to blame equal marriage plans for Tory losses 113
1:48 PM — Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has said it is 'utterly ludicrous' to blame the Coalition government's plans to allow gay couples an equal right to civil marriage for the Conservative party's losses at local elections last week.
François Hollande’s presidential win brings French marriage equality closer 50
12:53 PM — The new President-elect of France, François Hollande, the country's first Socialist president in nearly two decades, is expected to push equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples in the European country.
Wrestler apologises for telling man ‘sickened’ by gays to kill himself 75
10:01 AM — US wrestling champion CM Punk has apologised after telling a Twitter user who was 'sickened' by the idea of homosexuality to kill himself.
7th May 2012
US education secretary Arne Duncan endorses equal marriage 9
7:15 PM — Following US vice-president Joe Biden's announcement that he supports equal marriage, the US education secretary, Arne Duncan, has followed suit by saying he supports the move in a live interview with MSNBC.
Anti-equality petition reaches 500,000 signatures 177
11:47 AM — The anti-equality Coalition for Marriage (C4M), formed by an alliance of faith groups to oppose the extension of marriage to same-sex couples in the UK, claims on its website that it now has half-a-million signatures in support of its petition.
6th May 2012
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone: Equal marriage will not be in Queen’s Speech 96
2:27 PM — The UK equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, has confirmed through her blog that proposals for equal marriage will not be in this year's Queen's Speech.
Exclusive: David Cameron ‘not backing down on gay marriage’ 86
11:39 AM — Amidst reports today that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is set to make a retreat over equal marriage, a Downing Street spokesperson has confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that such reports are mere "speculation," and that the PM's position remains "unaltered."
4th May 2012
Defence minister: Equal marriage contributed to Tory local election losses 155
10:52 AM — Gerald Howarth, a junior defence minister who has spoken out against equal rights for gay couples in the armed forces and marriage equality generally says the government's proposals to allow gay and straight couples equal access to civil marriage were a contributing factor in election losses last night.
3rd May 2012
Australia: Former High Court judge speaks up for equal marriage 19
10:56 PM — A former High Court judge in Australia, in testifying to a parliamentary inquiry into equal marriage, has said that all rights afforded to heterosexual citizens should also be afforded to LGBT citizens.
Goldman Sachs lost clients due to pro-gay campaign, says CEO 59
8:50 PM — Taking a stance in favour of equal marriage cost Goldman Sachs at least one client, the chief executive Lloyd Blankfein has said.
Equal marriage opponents’ poll finds government plans not a factor for most voters 40
10:55 AM — A ComRes poll announced by equal marriage opponents the Coalition for Marriage and Christian Institute has revealed that, for most voters, the government's proposals are not enough to sway them to or from a political party.
2nd May 2012
Scottish Episcopal church unveils gay wedding mural 23
4:46 PM — A Scottish Episcopal church in Edinburgh has unveiled a mural of two men marrying in a religious ceremony.
Comment: Four reasons the Christian and Jewish faiths are set to approve equal marriage 36
4:19 PM — The greatest revision of belief within the Judaeo-Christian faiths since the Reformation is underway, Alan Austin writes.
Audio: Baptist pastor tells flock to ‘crack the limp wrists’ of their effeminate sons 109
11:35 AM — A South Carolina pastor has told his congregation they have 'special dispensation' to punch and crack the wrists of effeminate sons and tell their 'butch' daughters to 'dress themselves up'.
30th April 2012
Scotland: Pro-equality and anti-equality faith groups both step up campaign 27
9:54 PM — A broad alliance of faith groups has released an open letter, sent to all Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs), demanding the right to conduct marriages for same-sex couples, while an anti-equality group has said it will send a leaflet to every house in Glasgow, campaigning against marriage equality, ahead of Thursday's council election.
Coalition for Equal Marriage campaign film reaches 500,000 views 27
4:18 PM — A short film released to support equal access to marriage for gay people has amassed over half a million views in less than a week.
Scottish Catholic Education Service says equal marriage would ‘undermine teachers’ 85
12:50 PM — The Scottish Catholic Education Service has said the introduction of marriage equality would stop state-funded Catholic schools teaching children the faith's views that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.