28th March 2014
Nigel Farage: Equal marriage means ‘opening up a very big can of worms’ 28
12:56 PM — UKIP leader Nigel Farage says equal marriage means "opening up a very big can of worms" - whilst refusing to confirm whether he supports the principle of the reform.
BBC ComRes poll finds that 1/5 people would turn down same-sex wedding invitation 33
12:24 PM — Less than a day before the first same-sex marriages are set to take place in England and Wales, the BBC has published a poll which claims 20% of people would turn down an invitation to a same-sex wedding.
Evangelical Alliance leader claims there is ‘definitely a choice element’ in sexuality 29
10:44 AM — During a debate around same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the leader of Northern Ireland's Evangelical Alliance has claimed that being attracted to the same-sex is a choice.
Nick Clegg: This nation will never forget the first day of same-sex marriage 7
8:44 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg pays tribute to the overwhelming support for same-sex marriage as it is set to take effect in England and Wales tomorrow.
Shadow Equalities Minister: It is unclear why it is taking so long to allow civil partnerships to be converted to marriage 16
8:10 AM — With the first same-sex weddings due to take place tomorrow in England and Wales, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero has pushed Maria Miller on the issue of converting civil partnerships to marriage.
27th March 2014
US: Michigan politicians urge legal recognition of 300+ gay newlyweds
4:02 PM — Six Democrats in the US state of Michigan have urged US Attorney general Eric Holder to recognise the marriages of 300+ gay couples from Saturday.
Michigan human rights group considers legal action over 300 gay married couples in legal limbo
12:40 PM — A leading human rights group has said it is considering taking legal action on behalf of 300+ gay and lesbian married couples now in legal limbo in the state.
Labour MP Ben Bradshaw: I want to know will the Church sack a priest for marrying a gay partner? 5
11:34 AM — Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has thrown down the gauntlet to the Church of England, saying it should confirm whether it would defrock a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.
New Firefox CEO: I realise donating money to ban gays from marrying ‘caused pain’ 46
10:53 AM — The new chief executive of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, has vowed to be inclusive – despite having financially backed efforts to ban equal marriage in California.
26th March 2014
Nigel Farage will not support equal marriage unless Britain withdraws from ECHR 69
8:15 PM — Nigel Farage has said he does not support equal marriage due to Britain's current membership of the European Court of Human Rights.
Firefox defends new CEO who donated money to ban gays from marrying 18
6:40 PM — Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, says it’s “deeply committed to honouring diversity” – despite appointing a CEO who financially backed efforts to ban equal marriage in California.
Michigan same-sex marriages ‘were legal’ but won’t be recognised, confirms Governor 6
6:23 PM — After a period of deliberation, the Governor of the US state of Michigan has confirmed that the marriages between 300+ same-sex couples were "legal and valid", but that the state would not recognise those couples as married.
Sorry #UKIPWeather, Spring is set to return for the first gay weddings this weekend! 7
6:13 PM — Going against the beliefs of one particular UKIP councillor, the weather is set to improve with warm weather this Saturday for the first same-sex marriages.
Michigan Governor to decide ‘soon’ on legal status of gay married couples 1
4:43 PM — The Governor of the US state of Michigan has said he will decide soon on whether 300+ gay couples who married in the state on Saturday will be recognised by the state.
London vicar: Gay couples have ‘perverted love’ and blessing them is ‘disrespectful to God’ 81
4:26 PM — A London vicar has slammed clergy for blessing gay couples, saying doing so is “disrespectful” to the Church of England, “unfaithful to Christ” and “ultimately confusing”.
US: Suspension of gay marriage in Michigan extended
1:31 PM — An appeals court has extended a stay currently preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in the US state of Michigan, pending an appeal from the state.
Deputy Prime Minister orders rainbow flag to be flown to celebrate first same-sex weddings 19
12:01 PM — Nick Clegg has ordered the rainbow flag to be flown at Whitehall in order to mark the historic arrival of equal marriage in England and Wales this weekend, PinkNews has revealed.
25th March 2014
Michigan asks for extra two days gay marriage suspension to allow Supreme Court to rule 1
6:37 PM — The Attorney General in the US state of Michigan has asked for a further suspension of same-sex marriage in the state, to allow the US Supreme Court to rule.
Lawyers argue that Michigan will lose business if gay marriage ban remains 3
5:58 PM — Lawyers acting on behalf of the plaintiffs in a case to have the same-sex marriage ban struck down in Michigan have argued that the state will lose business if it remains.
Couple at centre of Michigan debate urge state to allow gay marriages immediately
4:25 PM — The couple at the centre of a debate around the US state of Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, have argued that a temporary stay which blocked same-sex marriages from taking place, did not follow procedure.