15th March 2012
Government publishes proposals and opens consultation on same sex marriage 87
10:39 AM — The 12-week consultation on how to lift the ban on gay couples marrying in a civil ceremony in England and Wales has been launched by the government today.
14th March 2012
Home Secretary Theresa May: Government will introduce same sex marriage whatever the Church says 176
10:23 PM — Writing in The Times, the Home Secretary and cabinet Minister for Equality, Theresa May, argues that marriage should be for everyone regardless of their sexuality. She strongly dismisses claims by the Church of England to determine who should be able to marry.
Government to unveil consultation plans for equal marriage in England and Wales tomorrow 29
6:26 PM — Consultation plans for the UK government's introduction of civil marriage equality for gay couples are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.
Blogger publishes Archbishops’ anti-marriage equality letter ‘how it should have been’ 13
5:05 PM — A gay blogger in New York has rewritten the Archbishop of Westminster's letter to Catholics, which told them they had a "duty" to oppose equal civil marriage rights for gays, the way he believes it should have been.
Denmark: Equal marriage law may take effect in June 51
1:07 PM — Denmark's prime minister has announced that equal marriage laws may come into effect on 15 June this year.
Comment: Catholic Archbishops misled the faithful on equal marriage plans 46
12:18 PM — Peter Tatchell writes that in their letter on a 'duty' to oppose marriage equality, Catholic Archbishops mislead the faithful - either deliberately or by careless omission.
Study says civil partnerships are ‘treated like parents’ marriages’ 26
10:20 AM — Authors of a study at the University of Manchester into how people regard civil partnerships say gay couples and their acquaintances see the relationship in the same way as their parents' marriages.
13th March 2012
Renamed Ben and Jerry’s flavour backs equal marriage in the UK 105
11:56 AM — Ice cream giant Ben and Jerry's has announced today it will be changing the name of one of its ice cream flavours in the UK in support of equal marriage rights for gays.
The Times: Church stance on gay rights is not brave, it is demeaning and futile 59
11:41 AM — In a new editorial, The Times has said the Church of England's stance on equal gay rights is not 'brave', but a 'demeaning, unconscionable and ultimately futile defence of injustice'.
Gay dean: Church of England’s relationship with gays is ‘a disaster’ 51
9:48 AM — Dr Jeffrey John, who has twice lost out on a post as bishop because of his public homosexuality, says his denomination has become the 'last refuge of prejudice' and is treating gay relationships as 'inferior' to straight ones.
12th March 2012
Poll: Australia leads Britain and US in support for equal marriage 23
5:45 PM — Australia is leading Britain and the US in its support for the implementation of equal gay marriage rights, a poll released today suggests.
Women’s Institute declines ‘potentially offensive’ Coalition for Marriage ad 37
4:14 PM — The Women's Institute has declined to run an advert for equal marriage opponents the Coalition for Marriage over fears it would offend 'many members'.
Comment: Marriage would be an unnecessary victory roll for gay rights, David Coburn argues 127
3:48 PM — Last week, David Coburn, UKIP’s openly gay London Regional Chairman, said the government was 'picking a fight’ with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage. Here, he explains why.
Archbishop of York: Church would need to approve gay civil marriage law 119
1:41 PM — The Archbishop of York appears to have claimed the Church of England must give its permission to the legal extension of equal marriage rights to gay couples even in a civil setting.
Unitarian chapel in Manchester celebrates first civil partnership licence 14
11:09 AM — The Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester has received a licence from Manchester City Council to hold civil partnerships on its premises, believed to be the first of its kind in England and Wales.
Video: Australian politician’s gay brother slams attack ad 2
10:12 AM — Australian politician Bob Katter's gay brother has criticised him for a new advert which attacks an opponent's support for equal marriage rights for gays.
Nick Clegg: Marriage equality by 2015 68
9:25 AM — At the Liberal Democrats' Spring Conference this weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg promised the UK's first gay marriage would take place before 2015 as a result of Liberal Democrats being in government.
11th March 2012
Comment: Why we’re building a coalition for equal marriage 225
8:58 PM — In just a few weeks, an incredible 25,000 people have signed a petition calling for same sex marriage to become legal in the UK. The petition was organised by a gay couple incensed at the formation of the anti-gay Coalition for Marriage, here is why they are fighting to open up civil marriage for everyone in Britain regardless of their sexuality.
Letter: Archbishops write to Catholics urging them to oppose equal marriage 112
9:45 AM — The Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark have penned the following letter to parishioners to mobiles them to oppose the prime minister's plans for same sex civil marriage in England and Wales.
UK Equality Minister: Church’s opposition to same sex marriage is ‘Dark Age’ homophobia 73
9:00 AM — Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat minister for equality has said that the language the Church of England and the Catholic Church have used is homophobic and that the views that the leaders are expressing belong in the Dark Ages.