10th March 2012
Polls: More support gay couples marrying in the UK than oppose 64
9:53 PM — An ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph and a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times have found more people are in favour of changing the law to allow gay couples to marry than are opposed.
9th March 2012
Catholic paper ‘expects government to bow to public pressure’ on equal marriage consultation 102
4:55 PM — A Catholic newspaper has claimed the government is 'expected to bow to public pressure' and include in its upcoming consultation on marriage equality a question on whether such marriages should be legalised at all.
Pope: Straight marriage must be ‘defended from misrepresentation’ 116
2:26 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has told an audience of bishops in the US marriage between men and women must be 'promoted and defended'.
The Times keeps up attack on equal marriage opponents 36
1:20 PM — After officially backing equal marriage rights for gays this week, The Times has published a comment piece today on benefits of such a move, gently cajoling opponents for the quality of their arguments.
Catholic Diocese drops homeless funding over director’s gay marriage views 56
12:27 PM — A Catholic Diocese in California has dropped the funding it gives a homelessness charity citing the new director's views on abortion and equal marriage rights for gays.
Comment: Gay marriage slurs will not keep us from equality 32
11:41 AM — Sarah Ludford MEP writes that the "very fact that those opposed to same-sex marriage cannot have a reasoned debate about the issue just proves that they are bereft of any real arguments".
Analysis: Did the Catholic Voices poll show a Britain opposed to gay marriage? Not really 55
11:07 AM — Can it be right that 70 percent of Britons oppose equal marriage, Edmund Broch asks, or would a single four-letter word missing from that question have changed the result?
8th March 2012
Jack Straw: Church’s marriage views imply I’m a better person because I was born straight 82
6:03 PM — The former Labour Justice Secretary, Jack Straw has attacked the opposition to marriage equality by the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. He writes: "“I didn’t choose to be straight. It’s how I am. It would be no different if I were gay. I would neither be a better, nor a worse, person because of it. It would simply be how I was."
Daily Mail columnist: ‘Church’s opposition to gays marrying shows its irrelevance’ 70
5:26 PM — A columnist for The Daily Mail has published a blistering attack on the Church of England and the Catholic Church for arguing against same sex civil marriage. Former UKIP candidate Abjijit Pandya says “fear and disgust towards homosexuals” is “the last great prejudice of our times.” The newspaper is more usually associated with the columnist Melanie Phillips, named Stonewall's Bigot of 2011.
Australian comedian to host ‘mass gay TV wedding’ 2
1:57 PM — Australian comedian and television presenter Adam Hills is to host Australia's first 'mass gay TV wedding'.
Malta may give cohabiting gays legal recognition 2
1:35 PM — A bill due to arrive at Malta's parliament which was designed to give cohabiting couples legal rights will include provisions for gay civil partnerships, an official has said.
New Dean of St Paul’s says Church should welcome gay marriage 29
11:54 AM — The new Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London has called on the Church of England to embrace gay couples who wish to marry, calling marriage the 'best pattern for how to flourish [...] gay or straight'.
Poll: 70 percent of Britons oppose equal marriage 146
11:12 AM — A ComRes poll commissioned by Catholic Voices has found that 70 percent of two thousand people agreed marriage should only be available to a man and a woman.
Editorial: The Times now for all to show their hand on marriage equality 76
10:41 AM — On Monday, The Times published an editorial calling for the introduction of gay marriage. PinkNews.co.uk believes our papers, politicians and faiths should now show their hand on marriage equality.
7th March 2012
Francis Maude: Tories must back equal marriage or risk becoming ‘unelectable’ 111
12:47 PM — Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude is expected to warn today that the Tories must modernise and approve measures including equal marriage or risk being seen as 'unacceptable and unelectable'.
Zimbabwe state media ‘backs’ Scottish cardinal on ‘grotesque’ gay marriages 41
11:29 AM — Zimbabwe's state-controlled Herald newspaper is backing the head of the Scottish Catholic Church in his attack on proposals to allow gay couples to marry.
UKIP: Marriage belongs to religion, not government 110
10:53 AM — UKIP has accused the government of 'picking a fight' with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage saying the issue is 'in the domain of the church and other faiths'.
Reform Judaism backs gay marriage 29
10:08 AM — The Movement for Reform Judaism has officially backed gay marriages in a week in which church leaders have renewed their opposition to marriage equality for gays.
6th March 2012
New UKIP MEP: Will gay marriage lead to incest? 86
11:11 AM — An MEP who last year asked why doctors should perform gender reassignment surgery but not 'gay cure' therapy has suggested gay marriages will lead to incestuous and polygamous unions.
Catholics will be told of their ‘duty to oppose gay marriage’ at Mass this weekend 230
10:08 AM — In a letter to be read to congregations at Mass this weekend, two senior Archbishops in the Catholic Church tell followers they have a 'duty' to 'ensure' gays should not be allowed to marry even in civil ceremonies.