21st June 2012
Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question 6
6:47 PM — Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples 22
2:58 PM — Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.
Andrew Mitchell: Most pensioners support equal marriage plans when properly explained 26
12:11 PM — The International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has said that a slim majority of over-65s, the group most opposed to the government's plans to legalise gay civil marriages, are actually in favour of the move when it is properly explained.
20th June 2012
Australia: MP wishes wife a happy anniversary in speech against marriage for gay couples 52
1:39 PM — Australian MP John Murphy paused during a speech in which he opposed equal marriage rights for gay couples to wish his own wife a happy anniversary on Monday.
Chief Rabbi’s opposition to marriage equality and civil partnerships ‘regrettable’ 22
12:37 PM — The Chief Rabbi's response to the government's public consultation on marriage equality, in which both marriage for gay couples and civil partnerships were opposed, has been described as 'regrettable' by Liberal Judaism.
Mormons say equal marriage would have ‘negative implications’ for UK 80
11:47 AM — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a response to the government's public consultation on how to introduce marriage equality, saying gay couples should be excluded for the "good of society" and warning that the move will have "negative implications for the nation, both legal and social".
Video: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says equal marriage no longer a matter of ‘if’ in @Out4Marriage video 45
10:35 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, has reiterated his support for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in England and Wales, affirming that it is no longer a question of 'if' the move will go ahead.
18th June 2012
Comment: Opposing gay state marriages while accepting straight ones is repugnant, and it does faiths no good 64
6:15 PM — Jane Fae asks, if our Churches already sanction straight civil marriages, how can they legitimately get so het up about gay ones?
Scotland: Marriage poll defended after Catholic spokesman’s ‘distortion’ claim 32
5:30 PM — Polling agency Ipsos-MORI and the Equality Network have defended a poll showing record levels of support for marriage equality in Scotland after a spokesman for the Catholic Church said it was ‘distorted’.
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage 13
5:02 PM — Claudio Marchisio, a midfielder on Italy's national squad has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples, a week after a team-mate said he hoped there were no gays on their team.
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
17th June 2012
Anglican Mainstream: Gays marrying will lead to children being taught about ‘eating human faeces’ 180
8:59 AM — Writing about her letter to her MP, Dr Lisa Nolland, lay minister and blogger for Anglican Mainstream, has claimed that legalising same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught risky sexual practises in school, including "eating human faeces".
16th June 2012
Home Office Minister Nick Herbert: Churches should be allowed to marry gay couples 39
10:53 AM — Nick Herbert the Minister for Policing at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice has said that churches that wish to solemnise marriages of gay couples should be allowed to do so. He said the Church of England's current position has made him feel “distant” from his own faith.
15th June 2012
Denmark: Equal marriage laws for gay couples come into effect today 44
10:23 AM — Denmark's new laws allowing gay couples to marry in the state church have come into effect today.
14th June 2012
Out4Marriage: Ban on religious same-sex marriages may breach human rights laws 14
4:17 PM — In its official submission to the Government's consultation on introduce equal civil marriage for same sex couples, Out4Marriage has called on the Government to allow religious institutions to solomise ceremonies should they wish to do so, arguing that a ban would be in breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organisation also called for same spouses of someone receiving an honour to be given a courtesy title.
Law Society backs equal marriage, says faiths will not be forced to marry gay couples 108
1:58 PM — The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has lent its support to equal marriage rights for gay couples and called for faiths to be allowed to perform gay weddings if they so choose, saying the European Court of Human Rights has shown it is 'not going to force religious groups to conduct same-sex marriages'.
Opening marriage to gay couples ‘would improve sexual health’ 60
10:35 AM — The HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has said today that allowing gay couples an equal right to marry as straight couples would improve the nation's sexual health.
Exclusive: Home Office website makes equal marriage consultation appear to have closed 24 hours early 29
12:43 AM — The Home Office webpage that used to introduce visitors to the Government's proposals to introduce same sex marriage has been 'archived' and placed into the National Archive during the consultation period and more than 24 hours earlier than had been planned.
13th June 2012
Possibility of gay religious weddings welcomed 15
4:29 PM — The possibility of gay couples being allowed to marry in religious weddings has been welcomed following prisons minister Crispin Blunt's suggestion that a blanket bar could be 'problematic legally' and support for religious ceremonies by David Cameron's Parliamentary private secretary.
Northern Ireland: Peer calls homosexuality ‘a rung on the ladder to bestiality’ 55
3:16 PM — The Ulster Unionist Party has distanced itself from comments made by Lord Maginnis this morning that marriage for gay couples was something 'unnatural' that would be 'imposed' on society, calling it a 'rung on the ladder' to bestiality.