16th May 2012
Ex-EastEnders star and Stonewall founder Michael Cashman first MEP to come @Out4Marriage 10
8:59 PM — Michael Cashman has become the first member of the European Parliament to join the Out4Marriage campaign. The former star of British soap opera EastEnders says that equality should also mean that straight couples should be entitled to hold civil partnerships should they wish, something that the Government is not currently proposing.
Israeli parliament rejects gay and inter-faith civil marriage bill 68
6:00 PM — Legislation for the option of civil marriage for Israeli citizens who cannot be wed via religious institutions, including same-sex marriage and marriages between members of different faiths, like Muslims and Jews, was rejected by the Israel parliament, or Knesset.
ASA responds to claim it ‘persecuted’ religious blog in investigating anti-gay marriage ad 238
3:19 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has responded to claims by a religious blogger that correspondence it sent him requesting he comply with an investigation into a Coalition for Marriage advert amounted to 'persecution'.
Denmark: Ex-minister equates gays with ‘killer snails’ to oppose equal marriage rights 64
12:13 PM — A former Danish government minister as equated gays with the hermaphrodite 'killer snails' plaguing the country in an argument against gay marriage rights.
15th May 2012
Will Smith comes out for marriage for gay couples to support Obama 51
8:15 PM — Men in Black 3 star Will Smith has said that the debate about wether gay couples can marry is all about “about semantics."
Video: US rapper and producer Jay-Z supports gay couples marrying 22
5:21 PM — Rapper Jay-Z has backed US President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he supported equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
Poll: 35 percent believe government should drop equal marriage plans 111
12:58 PM — 51 percent of Britons think the government should go ahead with its plans to allow gay and straight couples equal access to civil marriage.
Letter: LGBT media urge responses to ‘historic’ equal marriage consultation 32
11:11 AM — The UK's leading LGBT media outlets have issued a joint statement today calling on readers to respond to the government’s consultation on how to introduce civil marriage equality between gay and straight couples in England and Wales.
Obama: Extending marriage to gay couples will ‘strengthen families’ 48
12:19 AM — President Barack Obama has continued to speak out in favour of equal marriage while attending a celebrity laden fund-raiser in New York. After being introduced by openly gay star Ricky Martin, President Obama said: that all people are "equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect."
14th May 2012
One month remains for government consultation on marriage equality 4
5:30 PM — A month remains until the close of the government's consultation on how to implement civil marriage equality for gay and straight couples.
MPs declaring early support for equal marriage outnumber opponents three to one 6
2:09 PM — Of the members of Parliament to have made early public statements on marriage equality, those who are likely in principle to vote for the government's proposals to allow gay couples to marry outnumber opponents three to one.
Stephen Twigg, first openly gay man to be elected as an MP comes @Out4Marriage 4
12:34 PM — Stephen Twigg, the first openly gay man to be elected to the UK's House of Commons, has declared his support for marriage equality in the Out4Marriage campaign.
Equal marriage campaigns ‘demonise the backward working class’, commentator claims 76
12:13 PM — A commentator for a British online magazine has said campaigners 'demonise' the working class by supporting equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples.
Church of Ireland Synod: Gay relationships cannot be ‘normative’ 68
10:37 AM — The General Synod of the Church of Ireland has passed a motion confirming its opposition to the recognition of gay marriages and describing straight unions as the only 'normative' context for a sexual relationship.
13th May 2012
Tory ministers Philip Hammond and Tim Loughton come out against equal marriage for gay couples 88
12:07 PM — Two senior Conservative ministers have come out against prime minister David Cameron's plans to introduce equal marriage for same sex and opposite sex couples. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the plans were "too controversial" while Families Minister Tim Loughton told a constituent that marriage must only be between a "man and a woman".
11th May 2012
University of Wolverhampton students to host equal marriage support day 44
5:18 PM — Students at the University of Wolverhampton who launched an 8,500-strong petition in favour of marriage equality for gay and straight couples will be holding an awareness day next week.
Comment: Barack Obama joins an unstoppable global trend towards equality 13
5:13 PM — President Obama has, at last, moved with the flow of history and an unstoppable global trend towards equality, writes Peter Tatchell.
Comment: A U-turn on equal marriage would set the Tories back years 34
3:32 PM — Matthew Todd writes that he has watched the Conservative party’s evolution with nervous optimism and that if those MPs now speaking out against marriage equality have their way, the 'dark and divisive' instincts of Conservatism will be revealed to a new generation.
David Walliams, Stephen Fry and The Saturdays come @Out4Marriage 13
3:17 PM — Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and The Saturdays have already pledged their support of introducing equal marriage in the UK.
New Zealand prime minister ‘not opposed’ to marriage for gay couples 20
12:40 PM — New Zealand's prime minister has said he is 'not personally opposed' to allowing gay couples to marry, but added that it was not part of the government's legislative programme.