10th December 2012
Culture secretary prepares to address Commons on same-sex marriage 9
3:13 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller is responding to an urgent question about the government’s equal marriage proposals in the House of Commons this afternoon.
Austin Mitchell MP: Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage 78
2:06 PM — Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has tweeted that “Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important” and says Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs to have a conscience vote on the issue.
David Davies MP: How can I be homophobic? I once fought a gay man in a boxing ring 65
12:30 PM — Welsh Conservative MP David Davies, who over the weekend suggested most parents would prefer their children “not to be gay”, has dismissed accusations that he is a homophobe by reminding people of his participation in an amateur boxing match against a gay fighter.
Catholic bishop: David Cameron is ‘devoid of moral competence’ for supporting same-sex marriage 99
11:24 AM — The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, believes the prime minister is now “out of his depth” and can no longer be trusted by Christians due to his support for religious same-sex marriages.
Sir John Major applauds David Cameron’s ‘courageous’ support for religious same-sex marriages 20
10:36 AM — Sir John Major has thrown his support behind same-sex marriages in religious settings and says David Cameron’s backing of the reform is “genuine”.
9th December 2012
Conservative MP: ‘Most parents would prefer their children not to be gay’ 75
10:01 PM — A Conservative MP has spoken out against the coalition government's plans to allow marriage equality, saying their intentions are "barking mad".
Governor Chris Gregoire: ‘I am proud of the momentous shift to marriage equality’
9:22 PM — The US Governor of Washington, Chris Gregoire, has written about her state's journey towards marriage equality, and on signing a bill legalising marriage equality for the second time, on Wednesday.
Boris Johnson and 18 senior Tories to push for marriage equality 56
10:05 AM — A number of senior Conservative politicians announced today that they had formed a new campaign group which supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, in an act of defiance against traditionalists within the party.
8th December 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a step towards a fairer society 25
7:46 PM — Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert who proposed the Equal Marriage motion to the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2010 argues that the Government's plans to make same-sex marriage legal is an important step towards building a fairer society in Britain.
7th December 2012
US: Supreme Court agrees to hear landmark same-sex marriage cases 18
8:52 PM — The US Supreme Court has decided to hear two landmark equal marriage cases in the coming term.
Yvette Cooper: Now time for parliament to ‘get on’ with legalising equal marriage 14
5:32 PM — Labour’s Yvette Cooper has welcomed David Cameron's backing for same-sex religious weddings, but has urged the prime minister to ensure parliament "gets on with it".
Nick Clegg: We won’t force churches to hold same-sex marriages if they don’t want to 18
4:01 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has joined David Cameron in commenting on the reports that the government is to allow same-sex marriages to take place in churches.
Tory MP Bob Blackman: Cameron should be re-introducing Section 28 not letting gays marry 104
3:57 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman has responded to David Cameron’s support for religious same-sex marriages by suggesting the prime minister should resurrect Section 28, a notorious piece of anti-gay legislation passed under the Thatcher government.
Unitarians welcome government support for religious same-sex marriages 3
3:03 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches has welcomed claims the government will announce its support for religious same-sex marriages next week.
Exclusive: Government to support gay couples marrying in church in plans to be announced next week 41
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk understands the government is to push for complete marriage equality, meaning religious organisations will be allowed to provide same-sex marriages, as part of its reforms, despite widespread opposition by senior Anglican and Catholic leaders.
US: Maryland Governor O’Malley signs in equal marriage, calls it ‘a big step forward’ 3
12:03 AM — After a lengthy battle over same-sex marriage in the US state of Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley today signed into law the right for same-sex couples to marry.
6th December 2012
Poll: Record numbers of Americans back same-sex marriage 4
4:39 PM — A new poll for the US national newspaper USA Today has found that 53 per cent of Americans now support same-sex marriage.
Colombian senator: Same-sex marriage would lead to bestiality or necrophilia 31
4:04 PM — When Colombia’s Congress took its first step towards legalising same-sex marriage this week, Senator Edgar Espíndola reacted by saying the measure would open the way towards necrophilia, bestiality and paedophilia.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Straight couples refused equality’ 41
3:26 PM — Peter Tatchell has suggested that the government is likely to decline opening up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, when it issues its official response to the equal marriage consultation, later this month.
First same-sex marriage permits issued in Washington state 7
10:37 AM — Two women in Seattle have become the first gay couple to receive a marriage licence in America’s west coast state of Washington.