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  • 9th December 2011

    50,000 respond to Scotland’s gay marriage consultation 85

    The SNP support changing the law

    1:42 PM — More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government’s consultation on the introduction of gay marriage. SNP (Scottish National Party) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry.

  • 7th December 2011

    New “rainbow coalition” to back marriage equality in Scotland 23

    The coalition is campaigning to extend marriage rights to gays

    10:11 AM — Amnesty International, the Scottish NUS and the Equality Network are among groups forming a coalition this morning to back the proposal for same-sex marriage.

  • 6th December 2011

    Call for views on gay marriage before Scottish consultation closes 10

    The Equality Network is urging responses before the consultation closes on Friday (Photo: Flickr user Adikos)

    11:55 AM — The Equality Network is calling for equal marriage supporters to have their say in the government's public consultation on extending marriage rights to gay couples before Friday's deadline.

  • 3rd November 2011

    Over a third of Ireland’s older LGBT people fear rejection in society 6

    The study asked LGBT people aged 55-80 about their experiences

    12:17 PM — Study commissioners say report highlights progress of last 20 years, but also problems facing today's older population.

  • 10th October 2011

    Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72

    Archbishop Mario Conti has launched a campaign against gay marriage

    11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.

  • 9th September 2011

    Archbishop of Glasgow hits out at ‘foolish’ gay marriage supporters 87

    Archbishop Conti said gay marriage would be 'meaningless'

    10:15 AM — Another Scottish Catholic leader has attacked proposals to bring marriage equality to the country. Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said that allowing gay marriage would be "foolish" and render marriage "meaningless".

  • 12th August 2011

    61 per cent of Scots support gay marriage 83

    The poll says most Scottish people back marriage equality

    10:34 AM — A large majority of Scottish people now support marriage equality. According to the 2010 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, published yesterday, 61 per cent of people believe gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.

  • 6th May 2011

    Activists call for gay marriage progress after SNP win 53

    SNP leader Alex Salmond supports gay marriage

    5:28 PM — The SNP are to form Scotland's first ever majority government after their victory in yesterday's election. The party, which has promised a consultation on marriage equality, won a surprise majority with 65 seats in the 129-seat parliament.

  • 13th January 2011

    Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships 25

    Ireland now recognises foreign gay marriages and civil partnerships (Photo: Mattias Homberg)

    11:56 AM — Gay couples living in Ireland who have married or had a civil partnership abroad will be recognised as civil partners from today. The change is part of Ireland's new civil partnership laws, which give gay couples almost all the rights of marriage.

  • 4th January 2011

    Irish civil partnerships come into law 27

    Ireland now recognises civil partnerships

    11:39 AM — Ireland's civil partnership law came into force at the weekend, although gay couples must wait until early April to hold their ceremonies. The law was welcomed by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network as a "new dawn" for gay and lesbian couples but other groups said it was not good enough.

  • 28th January 2010

    Irish civil partnerships bill progresses through parliament 17

    The Irish parliament is considering the civil partnerships bill

    4:59 PM — A bill to allow gay couples the right to civil partnerships is making progress through the Irish parliament. It was presented to parliament in December and completed its second stage in the Dail yesterday. It will now go to a committee for further scrutiny.

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