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.
Brian Paddick live blogs on crime, schools, marriage, Iran, transport and the gay blood ban (transcript) 17
12:18 PM — Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick became the latest of the London Mayoral candidates to spend an hour chatting to PinkNews.co.uk readers. Here, the only gay candidate in the race talks about crime, homophobia in schools, Iran, Ken Livingstone saying the Tories were' riddled' with homosexuals and why he's opposed to the ban on gay men donating blood.
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.