13th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Peer calls homosexuality ‘a rung on the ladder to bestiality’ 55
3:16 PM — The Ulster Unionist Party has distanced itself from comments made by Lord Maginnis this morning that marriage for gay couples was something 'unnatural' that would be 'imposed' on society, calling it a 'rung on the ladder' to bestiality.
Video: Newly married couple deliver anti-gay marriage petition to Downing Street 144
1:43 PM — The Coalition for Marriage, the campaign which opposes giving gay and straight couples an equal right to marry, recruited a newly-wed couple to deliver their petition to Downing Street yesterday.
ASA rules Coalition for Marriage ads did not mislead or offend 26
1:04 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Coalition for Marriage adverts which said 70 percent of people wanted to keep marriage 'as it is' in a bid to promote its anti-gay marriage petition were not misleading or offensive.
12th June 2012
Report: 71 percent of Britons back equal marriage rights for gay couples 58
2:16 PM — In a report released by Stonewall today, a YouGov poll has found 71 percent of people approve of the government's plans to allow gay couples to marry, and the same number want faiths to be able to perform gay weddings ceremonies if they choose.
Tory MP calls for equal marriage consultation to be started again 42
1:07 PM — A Conservative MP in Kent has called on the Home Office to start its public consultation marriage equality between gay and straight couples again with a more rigorous system.
Church of England: Marriage equality proposals ‘legally and conceptually flawed’ 128
11:44 AM — The Church of England has said allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies will "dilute the meaning of marriage for everyone" and put its role performing marriages on behalf of the state in jeopardy.
11th June 2012
Australian prime minister: Not all loving relationships need marriage certificates 87
6:51 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, who is personally opposed to marriage rights for gay couples, has told the father of a gay man that not all loving relationships need to be recognised as marriages.
Video: Southern Baptist pastor defends Obama’s equal marriage endorsement 44
11:49 AM — In a video watched tens of thousands of times over the weekend, a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas, Texas has criticised negative reactions to President Obama's personal endorsement of marriage rights for gay couples.
8th June 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a logical, gentle and momentous step, writes Lynne Featherstone 225
10:33 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone says Britain is "ready for change" and asks the community to have its say before the government consultation closes.
Catholic Voices poll: ’77 percent’ of gay and bisexual Britons disagree with marriage ban 84
10:16 AM — Reports of an online poll appear to show that half of gay Britons reject the idea that there is "no need" to change the law on marriage because of civil partnerships, and 77 percent do not accept that marriage should be reserved exclusively for straight people.
7th June 2012
Danish parliament approves equal marriage laws 106
1:42 PM — The Danish parliament has approved equal marriage laws 85 to 24 today.
Denmark expected to pass equal marriage laws today 21
11:47 AM — The Danish Folketing is expected to approve equal marriage laws today with majorities in both its left-wing and centre-right parliamentary blocs.
Australian Christian Lobby director likens equal marriage campaign to Nazi propaganda 53
10:56 AM — The Australian Christian Lobby has criticised the ethics of a morning television programme after it publicly supported an equal marriage campaign and said today the way it had been run would do 'great credit' to Nazi propagandists.
6th June 2012
Poll: 73 percent of young Americans support equal marriage rights for gay couples 73
6:02 PM — A poll released today has found 54 percent of Americans believe the marriages of gay couples should be legally recognised with 73 percent of those aged 18-34 in favour of such a move.
Californian appeals court will not rehear arguments for Proposition 8 17
1:04 PM — Arguments about the constitutionality of California's voter-approved ban on gay marriages will not be reheard after the motion failed to secure enough support among judges.
Ireland: Bid to overturn laws prohibiting gay marriages welcomed 29
12:12 PM — A new legal challenge has been launched in Ireland to test the country's legislation which currently prohibits gay marriages from taking place.
1st June 2012
French prime minister: Equal marriage and adoption laws to be introduced ‘quickly’ 30
2:02 PM — The French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told a French television station this morning a change in legislation to allow gay couples to marry and adopt children will be done 'quickly' and that a draft is 'ready'.
Typo blamed after Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says faiths ‘will be able to marry gays’ 16
1:10 PM — The office of Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has blamed a typographical error for messages he sent to constituents which appear to say religious institutions will be allowed to marry gay couples under government plans.
31st May 2012
Australia: New South Wales Parliament calls on federal government for equal marriage laws 11
2:26 PM — The Upper House of the Parliament in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has called on the federal government to allow gay couples to marry and to allow religious bodies to perform ceremonies if they choose.
Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales 18
1:24 PM — Two weeks remain until the government's consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples closes, prompting final calls for responses from gay and trans people as well as straight allies.