4th April 2012
Comment: The Church should beg society’s forgiveness for its treatment of gay people 74
5:35 PM — Matthew Todd says the Church should help young people become the upstanding, caring citizens they can be, unfettered from sexual shame and dogma, not fight a fierce battle over something that will not harm, hurt or even affect anyone except gay couples who wish to marry.
Comment: Forget the ‘nests of snakes’, equal marriage could iron out our current quirks 47
12:16 PM — Far from being a "nest of snakes", family law executive Lisa Burton-Durham says equal marriage legislation could let us address outdated legal concepts.
Secularists say David Cameron’s marriage comments may signal ‘betrayal’ 177
10:36 AM — The National Secular Society said a part of Mr Cameron's speech which referred to what will happen if civil marriage equality for gay couples "doesn't go ahead" prompted fears the government may give in to "bullying" by religious bodies.
3rd April 2012
David Cameron attempts to conciliate Christians over marriage equality 77
10:03 PM — The Prime Minister David Cameron attempted today to reassure Christian groups that there were no threats to religious beliefs in extending civil marriage to same-sex couples, during an Easter reception at Downing Street.
Civil Partnership comes into effect in Jersey 12
8:45 PM — A law allowing same-sex couples to have civil partnerships, thereby giving them legal recognition and adoption rights similar to heterosexual couples, has come into force in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands.
Stonewall funds 1000 London bus adverts for equal marriage 101
9:53 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced a thousand London buses will carry its equality message in April during the government's consultation on how to implement marriage for gay couples.
2nd April 2012
Attitude’s eighteenth birthday issue calls for equal marriage 38
1:05 PM — Attitude magazine is celebrating its eighteenth birthday with a call for equal marriage rights for gay couples.
Comment: What is ‘gay’? 89
10:37 AM — As we abandon terms like 'gay marriage,' and seek greater equality and assimilation in society, Edmund Broch asks a question that is all the more fundamental.
1st April 2012
Catholic Cardinal: Church will relax its approach to civil marriages for gay couples (April Fools) 116
12:00 AM — Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien is to make a sermon today where he is expected to announce a partial u-turn in the Catholic Church's opposition of civil marriage equality for gay couples. Although the Church will continue to oppose same sex marriages happening within religious institutions, it appears to accept that same sex civil marriages will be a reality regardless of its opposition.
31st March 2012
Equal marriage moves a step closer in Ireland 29
8:09 PM — Members of Fine Gael, a centrist party in the Republic of Ireland, have voted at the party's Árd Fheis to prioritise the consideration of equal marriages in the country at the forthcoming Constitutional Convention.
29th March 2012
Welsh vicar resigns over Church’s homophobic attitudes to gay couples marrying 32
9:47 AM — A vicar in Monmouthshire, Wales, has stepped down from his position over what he says is the Church's homophobia surrounding gay couples marrying.
Tory MEP begs David Cameron not to contintue his ‘bizarre attempt to redefine marriage’ 90
9:04 AM — The Conservative MEP for South West England and Gibraltar has written to his party leader and prime minister, David Cameron, to complain about the Government's proposals to introduce civil marriage equality.
28th March 2012
Christian group pledge support for gay couples marrying 52
1:20 PM — The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) is the latest British faith-based group to come out in favour of legal recognition of gay marriage.
US government demands fast-track of gay rights case 14
9:40 AM — This week, the US government requested that a federal appeals court hasten its review of a San Francisco gay rights case and consider harsher scrutiny for discriminatory laws around sexual orientation, including a standard that could legalise same-sex marriage.
27th March 2012
Fixation with gay rights can “fragment” society, Rowan Williams says 117
9:25 PM — Addressing a group of teenagers during a visit to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has claimed that a fixation with gay rights, race and feminism threatens to “fragment” the British society.
Quakers call for equal marriage in address to the Queen 38
8:58 PM — The Religious Society of Friends in Britain, generally known as the Quakers, have called on Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to support the inclusion of same-sex couples in the definition of marriage in their address to the monarch on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Editorial: Should we ditch the term ‘gay marriage’? 120
3:13 PM — Given the current relentless focus on the UK Government's proposals for civil marriage equality, we are currently holding our own review into the use of the term 'gay marriage'.
Uruguayan man given landmark residence permit to live with husband in Italy 23
12:52 PM — Authorities in northern Italy on Monday issued a residence permit to a Uruguayan man whose application was initially rejected because his marriage to an Italian man - which took place in Spain - is not recognised by the country's laws.
26th March 2012
Banning equal marriage would be disastrous for North Carolina, says a Bank of America official 16
10:01 PM — The technology chief of Bank of America has strongly denounced the proposed measure to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman in North Carolina, saying it would make it harder for companies to attract talent to the state.
Gay Taiwanese couple make bid to be registered as same-sex household in landmark hearing 5
1:35 PM — A Taiwanese gay couple who have been together for six years are to apply to the Taipei High Administrative Court in a bid to be registered as such under the country's Department of Household Legislation.