9th May 2012
Tory MP issues fresh polygamy warning over marriage equality for gays 312
4:11 PM — A Conservative MP for Yorkshire has issued a fresh warning that polygamy could be the result of marriage equality for gays.
Video: Half a million watch bereaved gay man’s tribute to partner and plea for equality 60
11:13 AM — A film by a gay man whose partner died before they could legally marry and his plea for marriage equality on the anniversary of the accident which took his life has been viewed half a million times in three days.
North Carolina voters pass Amendment One to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships 211
2:40 AM — Voters in North Carolina have approved Amendment One, which introduces a constitutional ban on gay marriages and outlaws even civil unions. The amendment reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
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.
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.
Video: PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen’s Grandparents come @Out4Marriage 19
10:15 PM — PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen's Grandparents say "We think the law should be changed so to allow gays or straights to be married with the same rights as a straight couple" as they come Out4Marriage.
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.
6th May 2012
Video: US Vice President Joe Biden supports marriage for gay couples 35
3:37 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has told 'Meet the Press' that he "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying. He credits the television programme Will and Grace on evolving many American's attitudes to homosexuality.
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
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.
London Evening Standard comes out for equal marriage 34
12:00 AM — Following comments made by the Prime Minister David Cameron where he reaffirmed his commitment to same sex civil marriage equality, the London Evening Standard has joined The Times and other newspapers in backing a change in the law.
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.
30th April 2012
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.
28th April 2012
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.
26th April 2012
Welsh government to investigate PinkNews exposé that Catholic schools promote anti-gay petition 63
8:03 PM — The Welsh Government is to begin an offical investigation after PinkNews.co.uk exposed that the Catholic Education Service has asked more than 300 English and Welsh schools to promote the Coalition for Marriage's anti-gay petition which asks the British Government not to go ahead with prime minister David Cameron's pledge to introduce marriage equality in England and Wales
Comment: Encouraging pupils to sign the Coalition for Marriage is shocking, repugnant and probably illegal 72
3:41 PM — Richy Thompson of the British Humanist Association says the actions of the Catholic Education Service in asking state-funded schools to draw attention to the Coalition for Marriage may break equality and education laws.
Row over legality of Coalition for Marriage presentations in Catholic state schools 44
3:04 PM — A row has erupted over correspondence issued by the Catholic Education Service to nearly 400 Catholic schools in England and Wales which asked them to 'draw the attention' of pupils to the Coalition for Marriage's anti-equality petition, first revealed by PinkNews.co.uk yesterday.