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.
Church of England: We weren’t consulted over the government’s same-sex marriage ban 51
12:21 PM — The Church of England says it only learnt of the government’s plan to ban it from performing same-sex marriages when Culture Secretary Maria Miller took to the Commons despatch box on Tuesday.
13th December 2012
US: GOP Senator who cast deciding vote for New York marriage equality concedes 11
11:26 PM — A Republican Senator who cast the key vote to legalise marriage equality in the state of New York has conceded that he has lost his re-election bid, and will not be returning to the Senate.
Illinois: Politicians hope to pass same-sex marriage law in early January 12
8:58 PM — An Illinois state representative and a state senator have said they will seek legislative approval of same-sex marriage in the state in three weeks.
Simon Callow: I’m @Out4Marriage because I pay taxes and I’d like the same privildges as everyone else 13
5:55 PM — In his video for the Out4Marriage campaign, the actor Simon Callow says that as a tax payer, he must have the same rights and privileges as anyone else to marry.
UK: Jewish Masorti movement hints it might endorse same-sex marriage in synagogues 2
2:20 PM — While the Reform and Liberal Judaism movements have welcomed the government’s plans to allow gay couples to marry in synagogues, the Masorti movement has not joined the orthodox United Synagogue and the Chief Rabbi in opposing the moves.
Baroness Warsi: ‘do churches need legal support’ in case of equal marriage ‘challenges’? 43
11:58 AM — In a letter voicing her concerns with recently announced plans to bring forward legislation to allow marriage equality, Sayeeda Warsi has warned of potential "unintended consequences" if the law were to change.
Church of England: We can live with the government’s marriage reforms 35
11:30 AM — The Church of England has hinted that it could one day conduct marriages for gay couples despite its current opposition to the idea.