20th December 2014
Labour pledges to introduce humanist weddings 14
12:22 PM — The Labour party has pledged to introduce humanist weddings in England and Wales.
Government blocks humanist weddings, after review finds ‘majority’ in favour 12
12:05 PM — The government will not move to introduce humanist marriages - despite a review finding that a majority of the public were in favour.
29th November 2014
Baroness Brinton elected Liberal Democrat President
6:11 PM — Vocal equal marriage supporter Baroness Brinton has been elected as the new President of the Liberal Democrats.
27th June 2014
Toronto holds international mass gay wedding to celebrate World Pride 2014 2
10:44 AM — 115 same-sex couples from across the world were married yesterday, in a free ceremony hosted in Toronto’s Casa Loma.
26th June 2014
Review launched into marriages by non-religious belief organisations 9
1:51 PM — A review has been launched by the Government into whether or not to allow non-religious belief organisations such as humanists, to perform marriage ceremonies.
24th December 2013
Richard Dawkins: The decision to pardon Alan Turing will send a signal to the world 14
3:18 PM — Professor Richard Dawkins has welcomed the posthumous royal pardon granted to gay scientist Alan Turing and says it will “send a signal to the world which needs to be sent”.
9th July 2013
Humanist wedding review amendment included in equal marriage bill 20
2:43 AM — A Government-introduced amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Marriage) Bill to ensure a full review and public consultation on humanist weddings, has been added to the bill.
19th June 2013
Amendments urging for civil registrars to opt out of equal marriage ceremonies withdrawn from bill 10
7:04 PM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill seeking to allow civil registrars to opt out of providing same-sex marriages have been withdrawn.
Humanist weddings and equal marriage pension rights to be debated by peers 9
11:42 AM — Plans for humanist weddings and pension rights for those in same-sex marriages will feature in this afternoon’s House of Lords debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
21st May 2013
Humanist wedding amendment withdrawn over concerns of human rights convention breach 17
4:44 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill concerning humanist marriage ceremonies was withdrawn during the third and final reading of the bill.
MPs to debate humanist marriage ceremonies 13
11:00 AM — The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is to receive a third and final Commons reading later today, with MPs set to vote on an amendment concerning humanist marriage ceremonies.
31st March 2013
Church of England clergyman: ‘Lord Carey should get over his obsession with gay sex’ 38
5:57 PM — Members of the Church of England, other faith groups and secularists have quickly responded to deny claims by Lord Carey that David Cameron's "aggressively secular" government was marginalising Christians.
28th May 2012
Free equal marriage debate to take place in London tomorrow 24
3:33 PM — In the final weeks of the government's public consultation on how to implement marriage equality for gay and straight couples, a debate between humanists, Catholics, Jews and social commentators will take place in the capital.
12th February 2010
Protestors will tell Pope to ‘snog off’ 39
5:36 PM — A 'kiss-in' will be held as part of Sunday's Valentine's Day protest against the Pope's visit to the UK. Demonstrators plan to march from London's Westminster Cathedral to the Italian embassy in Grosvenor Square and those willing are being asked to take five minutes to publicly show their love for their partners.
10th February 2010
Valentine’s Day protest over Pope’s UK visit 10
2:53 PM — A protest against the Pope's visit to the UK is to take place in central London this Sunday. It is being planned by the Central London Humanist Group in partnership with the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and gay equality group OutRage! among others.
14th December 2009
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.