18th June 2012
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.
Video: Newly married couple deliver anti-gay marriage petition to Downing Street 144
1:43 PM — The Coalition for Marriage, the campaign which opposes giving gay and straight couples an equal right to marry, recruited a newly-wed couple to deliver their petition to Downing Street yesterday.
ASA rules Coalition for Marriage ads did not mislead or offend 26
1:04 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Coalition for Marriage adverts which said 70 percent of people wanted to keep marriage 'as it is' in a bid to promote its anti-gay marriage petition were not misleading or offensive.
12th June 2012
Report: 71 percent of Britons back equal marriage rights for gay couples 58
2:16 PM — In a report released by Stonewall today, a YouGov poll has found 71 percent of people approve of the government's plans to allow gay couples to marry, and the same number want faiths to be able to perform gay weddings ceremonies if they choose.
Tory MP calls for equal marriage consultation to be started again 42
1:07 PM — A Conservative MP in Kent has called on the Home Office to start its public consultation marriage equality between gay and straight couples again with a more rigorous system.
Church of England: Marriage equality proposals ‘legally and conceptually flawed’ 128
11:44 AM — The Church of England has said allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies will "dilute the meaning of marriage for everyone" and put its role performing marriages on behalf of the state in jeopardy.
11th June 2012
Australian prime minister: Not all loving relationships need marriage certificates 87
6:51 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, who is personally opposed to marriage rights for gay couples, has told the father of a gay man that not all loving relationships need to be recognised as marriages.
Video: Southern Baptist pastor defends Obama’s equal marriage endorsement 44
11:49 AM — In a video watched tens of thousands of times over the weekend, a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas, Texas has criticised negative reactions to President Obama's personal endorsement of marriage rights for gay couples.
8th June 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a logical, gentle and momentous step, writes Lynne Featherstone 225
10:33 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone says Britain is "ready for change" and asks the community to have its say before the government consultation closes.
Catholic Voices poll: ’77 percent’ of gay and bisexual Britons disagree with marriage ban 84
10:16 AM — Reports of an online poll appear to show that half of gay Britons reject the idea that there is "no need" to change the law on marriage because of civil partnerships, and 77 percent do not accept that marriage should be reserved exclusively for straight people.