27th March 2012
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.
24th March 2012
Petition against equal marriage reaches 300,000 signatures 155
6:56 PM — The Coalition for Marriage has announced today that it has received more than 300,000 signatures in support of its petition to keep the definition of marriage restricted to that between a man and a woman.
23rd March 2012
37,000 sign petition to thank Starbucks for equal marriage support 19
4:32 PM — More than 37,000 people have signed a petition to thank coffee giant Starbucks for its equal marriage support after marriage opponents called for an international boycott.
Gay Sikhs invite Lord Singh to WorldPride after marriage ‘attack’ comment 25
3:33 PM — A group for gay and transgender Sikhs in the UK has written to the prime minister and Lord Singh to protest the latter's comments about equal marriage being a 'secular attack' on religion and to invite him to WorldPride.
Catholic Archbishop ‘invites 80 MPs’ for equal marriage talks 76
12:44 PM — More than eighty MPs have reportedly been invited to meet the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark to discuss the equal gay marriage proposals being publicly consulted on by the government.
Kent MP: If gays marry, will Shakespeare be in danger? 168
10:55 AM — A twice-divorced Kent MP has questioned whether allowing gay couples to marry will result in Shakespeare being rewritten to redact gender-specific words like 'husband' and 'wife'.
Public invited to equal marriage forums over coming month 87
9:50 AM — Members of the public are being invited to consultation events around England over the next month to discuss how best to introduce equal marriage rights.
22nd March 2012
Equal marriage opponents call for Starbucks boycott 31
4:38 PM — A US organisation opposed to marriage equality is calling on people around the world to boycott Starbucks over its support of equal marriage rights for gays.
21st March 2012
New Hampshire House votes to retain equal marriage for gay couples 68
9:27 PM — An attempt to overturn New Hampshire’s legislation to allow equal marriage has failed by 133 votes against equal marriage to 202 to retain equality for gay and straight couples. New Hampshire’s equal marriage law has been under attack since it came into effect in 2010 and progress on a repeal bill was delayed from early last year to this month.
Jacqui Smith ‘happy’ to see civil partnerships make way for equal marriage 52
10:55 AM — Jacqui Smith, who was deputy minister for women and equalities when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.
20th March 2012
125,000 sign Iraq veteran’s petition to keep New Hampshire’s equal marriage law 24
5:05 PM — 125,000 people across the US have called on New Hampshire's legislature to keep the state's equal marriage laws in a vote tomorrow, signing a petition started by marine who wants to be best man at his brother's wedding.
Former US president Jimmy Carter backs ‘very fine’ equal marriages for gays 44
3:54 PM — Former President Jimmy Carter has said gay people should be allowed to marry in civil ceremonies, as 'Jesus never said a word about homosexuality'.
Stonewall calls for ‘calm voice of gays’ in equal marriage consultation 94
3:19 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its response to the government consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples in England and Wales, saying civil partnerships have not been 'sufficient to diminish the remaining prejudice against gay people'.
Muslim Council of Britain: Marriage equality for gays ‘unnecessary and unhelpful’ 173
1:05 PM — The Muslim Council of Britain has backed opposition to marriage equality for gays, calling equality an 'unnecessary and unhelpful' exercise.
Lord Tebbit: Nests of snakes in the equal marriage can of worms 127
10:56 AM — Norman Tebbit has labelled the prime minister's reasons for supporting equal marriage 'absurd' and warned that 'nests of snakes' inhabit the 'can of worms' the country is about to open, suggesting polygamy and incest may naturally follow.
‘Married man’ rule for gay pensioners addressed in marriage consultation 10
9:54 AM — The government consultation on equal marriage rights for gay couples is expected to address the current working of the state pension scheme, in which male and female civil partners are treated as married men.