19th December 2012
UK: Envoy to the prime minister to vote against same-sex marriage 32
1:16 PM — Conservative MP Stephen O'Brien, who is also the Prime Minister's Envoy & UK Special Representative to the Sahel region in Africa, has confirmed he will vote against equal marriage.
UK: Gay couples denied access to heterosexual divorce laws 28
11:59 AM — Gay partners in England and Wales who have an affair with someone of the same sex will not be able to use adultery laws as grounds for divorce, lawyers have warned.
18th December 2012
Anti-gay UKIP candidate calls for compulsory abortion of Down’s syndrome foetuses 46
6:31 PM — A UKIP candidate, who described same-sex marriage as an “abhorrence", and called for an NHS review to look at compulsory abortion if a foetus has Down's syndrome or spina bifida, has been suspended.
UK: Gay Tory group writes to 303 Tory MPs in plea to support same-sex marriage 9
2:04 PM — The Conservative Party’s LGBT group has written to all 303 Tory MPs calling on them to support equal marriage rights for gay couples.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Same-sex marriage is an ‘abuse of language’ 74
11:51 AM — The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has questioned whether David Cameron can be trusted due to his support for equal marriage.
Muslim council wants exemption from “discriminatory” marriage equality law 81
10:49 AM — Muslim leaders have spoken out about upcoming marriage equality legislation to say that all religions should be allowed exemption from the law, not just the Church of England and Church in Wales.
Anti-equal marriage Tory MP leaves Twitter after backlash 29
10:24 AM — Conservative MP Gordon Henderson has closed down his Twitter account after speaking out against same-sex marriage.
17th December 2012
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle: ‘Gay marriage is just not on’ 65
6:00 PM — The first Liberal Democrat MP to voice their opposition to the government’s marriage reforms since last week's announcement has gone public.
Gay Essex dads to sue government over church same-sex marriage ban 92
3:33 PM — Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow plan to mount a legal challenge over the government’s decision to ban gay couples from marrying in the Church of England.
Exclusive: Labour MPs threaten to resign over same-sex marriage vote 33
10:48 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Labour’s decision to grant its backbenchers a free vote on equal marriage caused a major rift in the shadow cabinet with deputy leader Harriet Harman amongst those calling for the vote to be whipped.
Campaigners protest the Vatican in support of marriage equality 2
1:17 AM — Gay rights campaigners held a protest near St Peter's Square on Sunday, during the Pope's weekly prayers, after he said that legalising marriage equality "threatened the institute of marriage".
France: Thousands take to the streets in support of equal marriage and adoption rights 2
1:15 AM — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Sunday, in support of the government's decision to legalise equal marriage and adoption.
16th December 2012
Tory, Labour and cross-bench Peers and MPs say Government is ignoring public ‘opposition’ to equal marriage 53
11:45 PM — Almost 60 Conservative, Labour and cross-bench MPs and peers have signed up to a new Parliamentary plan to oppose same-sex marriage. The politicians and former clergymen have signed a strongly worded letter to the Daily Telegraph where they accuse David Cameron and Nick Clegg of “ploughing on regardless” in the face of what it claims was an “overwhelming public response” in opposition to equality.
Mail on Sunday poll: 60% of British voters support David Cameron’s plans for same-sex marriage 16
11:08 PM — A poll for the Mail on Sunday, a newspaper that is opposed to equal marriage has found that the majority of the public support changing the law. The poll also found that half of Conservative voters support David Cameron’s plans for gay equality.
Anti-gay marriage Tory MP, who supports Section 28, exposed as a love cheat 74
2:08 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who recently suggested David Cameron should resurrect Section 28, previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, according to his former mistress.
14th December 2012
US Radio host: Gays aren’t human so aren’t protected by the US constitution 169
9:29 PM — An American Christian radio host who last week said that same-sex marriage encourages children to have gay sex has now said that as she believes humans aren’t naturaly homosexual, gays aren’t ‘people’ and shouldn’t be protected under the definition of a person.
Pope uses ‘peace’ day message to attack same-sex marriage 103
6:43 PM — In a message for World Day of Peace 2013, Pope Benedict XVI has described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.
South African President Jacob Zuma: I’d react in a ‘certain way’ to having a gay child 18
5:34 PM — In a wide-ranging newspaper interview, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma says he has no intention of overturning the country’s equal marriage laws, although he reacted cautiously when asked on how he would respond to learning that one of his children were gay.
Barnardo’s: Changing the law on marriage will benefit children and gay parents 7
4:09 PM — The Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Anne Marie Carrie, has welcomed the government’s decision to allow gay couples to marry from 2013. Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, she says it will be of enormous benefit to gay parents and their children.
Bishop of Buckingham: Church will be a fool to squander the option of ‘getting real’ by backing same-sex marriage 24
12:59 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, the most senior member of the Church of England to back the Out4Marriage campaign for marriage equality has warned that the Church of England risks squandering a “precious opportunity to get real” by backing same-sex marriage.