29th January 2013
Catholic Church: ‘We recognise that gay couples make loving parents but they must be banned from marriage’ 55
9:15 PM — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has made a surprising acknowledgement that same-sex couples make good parents. The statement is included within a document submitted to MPs and Peers urging them vote against same-sex marriage.
Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system 7
6:05 PM — A gay Ugandan couple were separated in 2008 when one was forced to flee to Sweden. They were reunited by chance and married under Swedish law, but are in danger once more after one had their asylum claim denied.
France: Parliamentary debate over equal marriage begins 7
5:40 PM — Following months of debate and controversy over the issue of equal marriage, proposals to allow it went before the French parliament today.
Zimbabwe: New draft constitution includes equal marriage ban 15
5:12 PM — A new Zimbabwean draft constitution includes a clause banning equal marriage for gay couples.
US: Business coalition formed to push for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act 5
4:41 PM — A coalition of businesses has formed in support of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, to allow equal marriage rights to same-sex couples federally.
Introducing equal marriage could boost UK economy by £18 million 15
1:06 PM — Ministers speaking in support of equal marriage claimed today that it could give the British economy a boost of as much as £18 million per year.
28th January 2013
Hawaii: Lawmakers to choose between legalising or banning equal marriage 4
5:46 PM — Hawaiian lawmakers have submitted four pieces of legislation: two legalising and two banning equal marriage.
Irish equality minister supports equal marriage, and calls for reform of gay parenting law 5
3:36 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has voiced his support for equal marriage for gay couples, and said there is a need to reform and "bring clarity" to issues surrounding gay parenting.
Poll: 75% of Irish people support equal marriage 18
3:13 PM — Support for equal marriage has risen substantially in Ireland, and now three quarters of the population would vote yes in a referendum to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, a new poll suggests.
France: Cartoon characters share gay kisses at equal marriage rally 5
1:26 PM — Famous cartoon characters were paired up in same-sex couples in a display as part of a rally for equal marriage in France.
27th January 2013
Iain Dale: Trust civil servants to bugger up same-sex marriage by not including consummation 92
7:38 PM — LBC presenter and Conservative Party commentator Iain Dale, who supports the introduction of same-sex marriage, worries that the Government is presenting a flawed bill to the House of Commons.
France: A quarter of a million rally for same-sex marriage in Paris and Lyon 39
7:13 PM — As many as a quarter of a million people have gathered in the French cities of Paris and Lyon to support plans to introduce same-sex marriage equality.
26th January 2013
Introducing equal marriage in England and Wales to cost the tax payer up to £4.7m 60
1:52 PM — The Government has said that the costs of introducing same-sex marriage in England and Wales will cost between £3.3m and £4.7m. The assessment, promised by the Government during the consultation process, is not as large a figure as some opponents of equal marriage had claimed introducing equality would cost.
Peter Tatchell: The equal marriage bill is commendable, but flawed 135
11:42 AM — Peter Tatchell commends the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, but outlines reasons why the option of civil partnerships for heterosexual couples, to avoid a legal imbalance, should be considered.
25th January 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo: I want to use Super Bowl media for equal marriage awareness 7
5:30 PM — NFL player, and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has said that he wants to use the massive exposure which the Super Bowl brings to speak out about marriage equality.
Labour MP Steve Reed: The battle for equality is not yet over 7
4:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and Patron of LGBT Labour welcomes the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – but warns “this is no time to rest on our achievements.”
Comment: The Conservative Party has come a long way on gay rights to legislate for equal marriage 70
4:29 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Colm Howard-Lloyd, national policy director of LGBTory says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill shows the Conservative Party is a champion of equality.
Comment: As a Rabbi, I’m praying for common sense over the same-sex marriage bill debate 7
2:45 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of the Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism says that he looks forward to being able to marry couples whether they are same-sex or opposite sex. He urges for common sense in the passing of the legislation.
Comment: As Quakers we rejoice at the Government’s bill to make same-sex marriage legal 28
11:08 AM — Paul Parker, the Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain writes for PinkNews on the joy he and his organisation feels now that the the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has been published.
Maria Miller: Teachers won’t be forced to promote same-sex marriage but they must not discriminate or offend 22
9:35 AM — Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities has attempted to dampen fears that teachers could face action for telling children they oppose same-sex marriages.