15th May 2012
Obama: Extending marriage to gay couples will ‘strengthen families’ 48
12:19 AM — President Barack Obama has continued to speak out in favour of equal marriage while attending a celebrity laden fund-raiser in New York. After being introduced by openly gay star Ricky Martin, President Obama said: that all people are "equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect."
14th May 2012
One month remains for government consultation on marriage equality 4
5:30 PM — A month remains until the close of the government's consultation on how to implement civil marriage equality for gay and straight couples.
MPs declaring early support for equal marriage outnumber opponents three to one 6
2:09 PM — Of the members of Parliament to have made early public statements on marriage equality, those who are likely in principle to vote for the government's proposals to allow gay couples to marry outnumber opponents three to one.
Stephen Twigg, first openly gay man to be elected as an MP comes @Out4Marriage 4
12:34 PM — Stephen Twigg, the first openly gay man to be elected to the UK's House of Commons, has declared his support for marriage equality in the Out4Marriage campaign.
Equal marriage campaigns ‘demonise the backward working class’, commentator claims 76
12:13 PM — A commentator for a British online magazine has said campaigners 'demonise' the working class by supporting equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples.
Church of Ireland Synod: Gay relationships cannot be ‘normative’ 68
10:37 AM — The General Synod of the Church of Ireland has passed a motion confirming its opposition to the recognition of gay marriages and describing straight unions as the only 'normative' context for a sexual relationship.
13th May 2012
Tory ministers Philip Hammond and Tim Loughton come out against equal marriage for gay couples 88
12:07 PM — Two senior Conservative ministers have come out against prime minister David Cameron's plans to introduce equal marriage for same sex and opposite sex couples. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the plans were "too controversial" while Families Minister Tim Loughton told a constituent that marriage must only be between a "man and a woman".
11th May 2012
University of Wolverhampton students to host equal marriage support day 44
5:18 PM — Students at the University of Wolverhampton who launched an 8,500-strong petition in favour of marriage equality for gay and straight couples will be holding an awareness day next week.
Comment: Barack Obama joins an unstoppable global trend towards equality 13
5:13 PM — President Obama has, at last, moved with the flow of history and an unstoppable global trend towards equality, writes Peter Tatchell.
Comment: A U-turn on equal marriage would set the Tories back years 34
3:32 PM — Matthew Todd writes that he has watched the Conservative party’s evolution with nervous optimism and that if those MPs now speaking out against marriage equality have their way, the 'dark and divisive' instincts of Conservatism will be revealed to a new generation.
David Walliams, Stephen Fry and The Saturdays come @Out4Marriage 13
3:17 PM — Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and The Saturdays have already pledged their support of introducing equal marriage in the UK.
New Zealand prime minister ‘not opposed’ to marriage for gay couples 20
12:40 PM — New Zealand's prime minister has said he is 'not personally opposed' to allowing gay couples to marry, but added that it was not part of the government's legislative programme.
10th May 2012
British girl band The Saturdays first musicians to come @Out4Marriage 11
5:47 PM — British girl group The Saturdays have lent their support to the Out4Marriage campaign and urged the public to get on board and support marriage equality for gay and straight couples.
Petition aims to send 100,000-person ‘thank you’ to Barack Obama for equal marriage support 13
4:23 PM — A petition has been launched by AllOut.org to deliver a thank-you card to US President Barack Obama for his support for marriage equality for gay couples.
Video: Religious figures among those announcing they are @Out4Marriage 40
1:40 PM — Religious figures are among those joining the new video campaign for marriage equality, Out4Marriage.
9th May 2012
Marriage equality ‘could make Scotland a progressive beacon’ following Queen’s Speech, campaign says 43
5:08 PM — With equal marriage laws absent from the Westminster government's legislative agenda for the coming year, Scottish campaigners say Holyrood is in a position to become a 'beacon' of equality by introducing the laws first.
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.