8th December 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a step towards a fairer society 25
7:46 PM — Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert who proposed the Equal Marriage motion to the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2010 argues that the Government's plans to make same-sex marriage legal is an important step towards building a fairer society in Britain.
7th December 2012
US: Supreme Court agrees to hear landmark same-sex marriage cases 18
8:52 PM — The US Supreme Court has decided to hear two landmark equal marriage cases in the coming term.
Church of England: David Cameron is being ‘divisive’ over same-sex marriage 46
6:32 PM — The Church of England has criticised David Cameron’s support for allowing faith organisations to provide marriages for gay couples.
Yvette Cooper: Now time for parliament to ‘get on’ with legalising equal marriage 14
5:32 PM — Labour’s Yvette Cooper has welcomed David Cameron's backing for same-sex religious weddings, but has urged the prime minister to ensure parliament "gets on with it".
Nick Clegg: We won’t force churches to hold same-sex marriages if they don’t want to 18
4:01 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has joined David Cameron in commenting on the reports that the government is to allow same-sex marriages to take place in churches.
Tory MP Bob Blackman: Cameron should be re-introducing Section 28 not letting gays marry 104
3:57 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman has responded to David Cameron’s support for religious same-sex marriages by suggesting the prime minister should resurrect Section 28, a notorious piece of anti-gay legislation passed under the Thatcher government.
Unitarians welcome government support for religious same-sex marriages 3
3:03 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches has welcomed claims the government will announce its support for religious same-sex marriages next week.
David Cameron: I support ‘gay church weddings’ 54
1:56 PM — David Cameron has confirmed reports that he is to back same-sex marriages for religious institutions.
Exclusive: Government to support gay couples marrying in church in plans to be announced next week 41
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk understands the government is to push for complete marriage equality, meaning religious organisations will be allowed to provide same-sex marriages, as part of its reforms, despite widespread opposition by senior Anglican and Catholic leaders.
US: Maryland Governor O’Malley signs in equal marriage, calls it ‘a big step forward’ 3
12:03 AM — After a lengthy battle over same-sex marriage in the US state of Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley today signed into law the right for same-sex couples to marry.
6th December 2012
Colombian senator: Same-sex marriage would lead to bestiality or necrophilia 31
4:04 PM — When Colombia’s Congress took its first step towards legalising same-sex marriage this week, Senator Edgar Espíndola reacted by saying the measure would open the way towards necrophilia, bestiality and paedophilia.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Straight couples refused equality’ 41
3:26 PM — Peter Tatchell has suggested that the government is likely to decline opening up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, when it issues its official response to the equal marriage consultation, later this month.
First same-sex marriage permits issued in Washington state 7
10:37 AM — Two women in Seattle have become the first gay couple to receive a marriage licence in America’s west coast state of Washington.
Mexico: Supreme Court casts-out ban on same-sex marriage 29
12:08 AM — The Mexican Supreme Court today made a unanimous ruling which could signal the beginning of equal marriage rights across the entire country.
5th December 2012
Same-sex marriage opponent Donald Trump admits to attending a ‘beautiful’ gay wedding 12
1:47 PM — George Takei says he hopes his lunch date with Donald Trump can help end the billionaire’s opposition to equal marriage, and has revealed that the social conservative recently attended a “beautiful” gay wedding.
Tory MP Bob Stewart: I will vote against same-sex marriage, but I’m not homophobic 72
12:29 PM — Conservative MP Colonel Bob Stewart has told David Cameron and the Chief Whip Sir George Young that he plans to vote against equal marriage when the motion comes before the Commons next year.
4th December 2012
Paris gay-friendly mosque denounced by Islamic leaders 30
5:47 PM — Islamic leaders in Paris are condemning the opening of what's been described as Europe's first gay-friendly mosque.
Tory MP Richard Bacon’s motion to repeal Human Rights Act defeated 30
4:02 PM — MPs have defeated a bid by Conservative MP Richard Bacon to scrap the Human Rights Act, which opponents of equal marriage have argued is a key threat to religious freedom.
France: President’s partner to be a witness at one of the first same-sex weddings 2
2:51 PM — Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of the French President François Hollande, has shown her support for moves to make marriage equal by announcing that she will be a witness at one of the first same-sex marriages.
Germany: Angela Merkel faces party divide over tax breaks for gay couples 11
8:12 AM — Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a divide within her ruling Christian Democratic Union party, over tax reliefs for gay couples, which have so far been reserved for married, straight, couples.