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.
MP who warned of ‘polygamy and child marriage’ defends anti-marriage equality view 46
12:04 PM — Lincoln's Conservative MP has defended his views on marriage equality after telling a constituent the move could lead to polygamy and child marriages.
25th April 2012
US: Poll finds majority support for equal marriage 21
9:49 PM — A US poll has found that 47 percent of people are in favour of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, with 43 percent opposed, adding to a growing body of evidence that the country is increasingly moving towards the direction of equality.
Colorado bill to introduce gay civil unions expected to move forward 7
5:42 PM — A bill to allow same-sex couples to form civil unions in Colorado is expected to move forward following months of stalling in the Colorado legislature. The bill to give gay couples almost identical rights to straight married couples is expected to pass in the Democratic controlled Senate because a similar bill passed comfortably there last year by 23 to 12 votes.
Lynne Featherstone: Churches will not be sued under gay civil marriage proposals 43
2:18 PM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has pledged there will be 'no risk of successful legal challenge' against religious bodies who are unable to marry gay couples as a result of the government's gay civil marriage proposals.
Video: Coalition for Equal Marriage releases beautiful viral campaign film 186
12:00 AM — A new independent short film produced to support the Coalition for Equal Marriage has been released to encourage support for the Government's plans to lift the ban on civil marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales.
22nd April 2012
Church’s opposition to equal marriage ‘disastrous’, senior bishop says 82
7:20 PM — Following a letter to the Times by several high-profile Anglican clergymen, wherein they affirmed their support for marriage equality, the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, has said that the current opposition by the Church to equal marriage is similar to the view of eighteenth century Christians that slavery was "God-given."
21st April 2012
Senior Anglican Clergy: “Church should rejoice” over equal marriage 182
12:59 PM — A group of leading clergymen of the Anglican Church have, in a letter to the Times, said that equal marriage is a cause to celebrate, and that the Church of England has "nothing to fear" on account of extending marriage to same-sex couples.
20th April 2012
Tory MP tells constituent marriage equality could mean ‘polygamy and child marriages’ 430
5:46 PM — Lincoln's Conservative MP has denied a constituent's request for him to support marriage equality for gay and straight couples and told her that in his opinion, gays have 'exhausted the cause of equal rights'.
Comment: How our island came to support equal marriage 20
4:05 PM — Sheree Bell writes on how the community on the Isle of Thanet drummed up grass roots support to become the second council in England to back equal marriage.
Chris Evans ‘embarrassed and heartbroken’ by marriage inequality 28
3:14 PM — Actor Chris Evans has said he finds the inequality in marriage rights between gay and straight couples 'embarrassing', and predicted that in ten years society will look back 'ashamed'.
Thanet Council votes to support equal marriage 30
10:49 AM — A district council Kent has become the first council in Kent and second in England to vote in favour of the government's proposals for equal marriage, it was announced today.
19th April 2012
Marriage equality ‘not a priority’ for US voters 74
10:36 PM — Equal marriage is not top among the concerns of voters for the 2012 presidential elections in the United States, a new survey has found.
Muslim MSP: Voters should not ‘deny others freedom’ on imams’ equal marriage call 28
3:00 PM — A Muslim MSP has called on the country's Islamic community not to 'deny' others their freedom after a group of imams said they should not vote for candidates who favour equal marriage.
Catholic priests applauded by parishes for not backing anti-equality referendum 49
12:27 AM — At least six Catholic parishes in Washington have opted out of the petition drive for Referendum 74, which calls for a public vote with the intention to ban equal marriage.
18th April 2012
Video: Tony Abbott’s dinner interrupted by equal marriage activists 16
11:02 PM — The Australian opposition leader, Tony Abbott, who is against equal marriage in the country, has been the target of a small group of equal marriage activists during dinner with a journalist at a restaurant.
Glasgow: Muslim leaders offer ‘no compromise’ equal marriage opposition 155
6:00 PM — A group of Muslim leaders in Scotland has said marriage equality would be an "attack" on the faith and recommended voters do not back candidates who favour such a move in upcoming local elections.