6th April 2012
Buenos Aires may allow foreign gay couples to marry in the city 70
11:03 PM — Argentina, which extended the definition of marriage in 2010 to include same-sex couples, and was the first country in Latin America to do so, may make it legal for gay foreigners to get married on their soil, and in Buenos Aires, in particular.
Maryland court hears lesbian divorce case
10:07 PM — A lesbian couple who were married in California are petitioning for divorce at a high court in Maryland, where same-sex weddings are not recognised, for the second time, after their first petition was thrown out two years ago.
Australian faith leaders declare support for gay couples marrying 15
1:34 PM — Twenty Australian faith leaders have signed a letter urging citizens of the country to declare their support for same sex-marriage to two federal parliamentary inquiries on the issue.
Gay former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw mocks Government’s plans for marriage equality 387
10:20 AM — Mr Bradshaw made the bizarre comment at a crucial moment in the battle for marriage equality, after a petition launched by the homophobic Coalition for Marriage group which insists that the institution should remain traditional - i.e. between a man and a woman – went beyond 400,000 signatures.
4th April 2012
Boston Court hears anti-DOMA appeal 3
9:42 PM — A federal appeals court in Boston, Massachusetts, has begun hearing arguments today about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
Comment: The Church should beg society’s forgiveness for its treatment of gay people 74
5:35 PM — Matthew Todd says the Church should help young people become the upstanding, caring citizens they can be, unfettered from sexual shame and dogma, not fight a fierce battle over something that will not harm, hurt or even affect anyone except gay couples who wish to marry.
Comment: Forget the ‘nests of snakes’, equal marriage could iron out our current quirks 47
12:16 PM — Far from being a "nest of snakes", family law executive Lisa Burton-Durham says equal marriage legislation could let us address outdated legal concepts.
Secularists say David Cameron’s marriage comments may signal ‘betrayal’ 177
10:36 AM — The National Secular Society said a part of Mr Cameron's speech which referred to what will happen if civil marriage equality for gay couples "doesn't go ahead" prompted fears the government may give in to "bullying" by religious bodies.
3rd April 2012
David Cameron attempts to conciliate Christians over marriage equality 77
10:03 PM — The Prime Minister David Cameron attempted today to reassure Christian groups that there were no threats to religious beliefs in extending civil marriage to same-sex couples, during an Easter reception at Downing Street.
Civil Partnership comes into effect in Jersey 12
8:45 PM — A law allowing same-sex couples to have civil partnerships, thereby giving them legal recognition and adoption rights similar to heterosexual couples, has come into force in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands.
Stonewall funds 1000 London bus adverts for equal marriage 101
9:53 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced a thousand London buses will carry its equality message in April during the government's consultation on how to implement marriage for gay couples.
2nd April 2012
Attitude’s eighteenth birthday issue calls for equal marriage 38
1:05 PM — Attitude magazine is celebrating its eighteenth birthday with a call for equal marriage rights for gay couples.
Comment: What is ‘gay’? 89
10:37 AM — As we abandon terms like 'gay marriage,' and seek greater equality and assimilation in society, Edmund Broch asks a question that is all the more fundamental.
1st April 2012
Catholic Cardinal: Church will relax its approach to civil marriages for gay couples (April Fools) 116
12:00 AM — Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien is to make a sermon today where he is expected to announce a partial u-turn in the Catholic Church's opposition of civil marriage equality for gay couples. Although the Church will continue to oppose same sex marriages happening within religious institutions, it appears to accept that same sex civil marriages will be a reality regardless of its opposition.
31st March 2012
Equal marriage moves a step closer in Ireland 29
8:09 PM — Members of Fine Gael, a centrist party in the Republic of Ireland, have voted at the party's Árd Fheis to prioritise the consideration of equal marriages in the country at the forthcoming Constitutional Convention.
29th March 2012
Welsh vicar resigns over Church’s homophobic attitudes to gay couples marrying 32
9:47 AM — A vicar in Monmouthshire, Wales, has stepped down from his position over what he says is the Church's homophobia surrounding gay couples marrying.
Tory MEP begs David Cameron not to contintue his ‘bizarre attempt to redefine marriage’ 90
9:04 AM — The Conservative MEP for South West England and Gibraltar has written to his party leader and prime minister, David Cameron, to complain about the Government's proposals to introduce civil marriage equality.
28th March 2012
Christian group pledge support for gay couples marrying 52
1:20 PM — The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) is the latest British faith-based group to come out in favour of legal recognition of gay marriage.
US government demands fast-track of gay rights case 14
9:40 AM — This week, the US government requested that a federal appeals court hasten its review of a San Francisco gay rights case and consider harsher scrutiny for discriminatory laws around sexual orientation, including a standard that could legalise same-sex marriage.
27th March 2012
Fixation with gay rights can “fragment” society, Rowan Williams says 117
9:25 PM — Addressing a group of teenagers during a visit to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has claimed that a fixation with gay rights, race and feminism threatens to “fragment” the British society.