21st March 2012
Jacqui Smith ‘happy’ to see civil partnerships make way for equal marriage 52
10:55 AM — Jacqui Smith, who was deputy minister for women and equalities when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.
20th March 2012
125,000 sign Iraq veteran’s petition to keep New Hampshire’s equal marriage law 24
5:05 PM — 125,000 people across the US have called on New Hampshire's legislature to keep the state's equal marriage laws in a vote tomorrow, signing a petition started by marine who wants to be best man at his brother's wedding.
Former US president Jimmy Carter backs ‘very fine’ equal marriages for gays 44
3:54 PM — Former President Jimmy Carter has said gay people should be allowed to marry in civil ceremonies, as 'Jesus never said a word about homosexuality'.
Stonewall calls for ‘calm voice of gays’ in equal marriage consultation 94
3:19 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its response to the government consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples in England and Wales, saying civil partnerships have not been 'sufficient to diminish the remaining prejudice against gay people'.
Muslim Council of Britain: Marriage equality for gays ‘unnecessary and unhelpful’ 173
1:05 PM — The Muslim Council of Britain has backed opposition to marriage equality for gays, calling equality an 'unnecessary and unhelpful' exercise.
Lord Tebbit: Nests of snakes in the equal marriage can of worms 127
10:56 AM — Norman Tebbit has labelled the prime minister's reasons for supporting equal marriage 'absurd' and warned that 'nests of snakes' inhabit the 'can of worms' the country is about to open, suggesting polygamy and incest may naturally follow.
‘Married man’ rule for gay pensioners addressed in marriage consultation 10
9:54 AM — The government consultation on equal marriage rights for gay couples is expected to address the current working of the state pension scheme, in which male and female civil partners are treated as married men.
16th March 2012
Comment: Gays, God, marriage and the politics of polling 21
8:00 PM — Balaji Ravichandran on how the debate on same sex marriage in the UK has been skewed by the politics of the polling and how it reminds him a little of Yes Minister.
Comment: Equal marriage plans must include religion, writes Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper 209
4:40 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says the Government's plans for marriage equality must go further if they are to respect religious freedom and tackle discrimination.
Analysis: Rowan Williams’ time as Archbishop of Canterbury and his views on LGBT rights 93
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will be standing down from his position in December of this year, prompting speculation over his replacement and how his views on marriage for gays may change.
Daily Mail: Ministers ‘viciously bullying’ Church over marriage equality 114
1:10 PM — The Daily Mail has published an editorial today questioning whether there is real public demand for allowing gay couples to marry.
Gay Tories challenge MP’s ‘no mandate for equal marriage’ claim 26
9:53 AM — Conservative group LGBTory has challenged the assertion by a party MP, who recently branded equal marriage 'completely nuts', that the government has no mandate to allow equal marriage rights for gays.
Video: The UK same sex civil marriage debate 69
12:23 AM — Channel 4 News has aired a debate between the Coalition for Marriage and the Coalition for Equal marriage on the Governemnt's plans to introduce same sex civil marriage.
15th March 2012
Poll: 65 percent of British agree gays should have equal right to marry 39
5:15 PM — The latest in a line of polls gauging public opinion on the proposed right of gay couples to marry in Britain has found two thirds of the public support it.
Comment: Gay marriage proposals are welcome but flawed 52
1:26 PM — Peter Tatchell says the government's consultation proposals today to allow civil marriage for gay couples but not religious ceremonies or straight civil partnerships are a welcome move but still discriminate and hinder religious freedom.
Religious groups welcome consultation on allowing gays to marry 20
12:43 PM — Spokespeople for Liberal Judaism, Quakers in Britain and the Unitarian and Free Christian Churches have welcomed the government's consultation on how to lift the ban on gay marriages in England and Wales.
Scottish anti-marriage equality group to launch ‘misleading’ poll ads today 30
11:25 AM — A 'misleading' poll question which asked voters to agree that gays 'should not be allowed to redefine marriage for everyone else' because they 'already have' civil partnerships will be used in publicity by equal marriage opponents in Scotland from today.
Government publishes proposals and opens consultation on same sex marriage 87
10:39 AM — The 12-week consultation on how to lift the ban on gay couples marrying in a civil ceremony in England and Wales has been launched by the government today.
14th March 2012
Home Secretary Theresa May: Government will introduce same sex marriage whatever the Church says 176
10:23 PM — Writing in The Times, the Home Secretary and cabinet Minister for Equality, Theresa May, argues that marriage should be for everyone regardless of their sexuality. She strongly dismisses claims by the Church of England to determine who should be able to marry.
Government to unveil consultation plans for equal marriage in England and Wales tomorrow 29
6:26 PM — Consultation plans for the UK government's introduction of civil marriage equality for gay couples are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.