11th December 2012
Backbench Tory MPs speak out against ‘outrageous’ marriage equality plans 37
3:59 PM — Tory backbenchers have spoken out against the government's plans to allow marriage equality in 2013, suggesting a link between the plans, and declining numbers of people getting married before having children, and calling it an "outrage", and a "disgrace".
UK: Equal marriage advocates celebrate government’s plans to bring forward marriage equality 1
3:35 PM — The advocates of marriage equality for the UK are celebrating today's announcement that the government plans to bring forward legislation legalising equal marriage next year.
Portsmouth Bishop: Equal marriage will ‘pervert authentic family values’ 20
3:03 PM — Portsmouth's Catholic Bishop has spoken out against the government's recently announced plans to bring forward marriage equality next year, saying that it would "pervert authentic family values".
Religious groups to ‘grasp’ opportunity to ‘opt-in’ to UK marriage equality 19
2:40 PM — Religious groups in the UK have expressed their support for marriage equality, and have said they will perform same-sex weddings, once the law comes into place, as announced today.
Government consultation: 53% in favour of equal marriage 21
1:47 PM — In a blow to the opponents of equality, the results of this year's government consultation show 53% are in favour of the introduction of equal marriage.
Government: Churches will be able to marry gay couples from next year 80
12:31 PM — The government has confirmed that full marriage equality will be introduced for gay couples living in England and Wales.
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley condemns same-sex marriage opponent Colin Hart 18
12:10 PM — Colin Hart, the director of the UK’s main Christian lobby group that opposes equal marriage, has been denounced in the House of Commons by Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley.
10th December 2012
Boris Johnson: ‘Whack through marriage equality now’ 34
9:43 PM — Boris Johnson has again affirmed his support for marriage equality, as the debate over legalising equal marriage in the UK heats up, saying that the government should "whack through" the legislation.
Welsh Secretary David Jones to vote against same-sex marriage 20
6:36 PM — Welsh Secretary David Jones will vote against equal marriage rights for gay couples in England and Wales but is refusing to explain why because of his position within government.
Government to issue official response to same-sex marriage consultation on Tuesday 23
4:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government will outline its response to this year’s equal marriage consultation on Tuesday (11 December) after being summoned to the Commons to answer an urgent question.
Culture secretary prepares to address Commons on same-sex marriage 9
3:13 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller is responding to an urgent question about the government’s equal marriage proposals in the House of Commons this afternoon.
9th December 2012
Nick Herbert: Legalising same-sex marriage is ‘the right thing to do’ 13
10:35 AM — The former Police Minister, and current Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs, Nick Herbert, has written on his support for equal marriage, including religious freedoms, the European Court of Human Rights, and that he thinks it still plays an important role in society.
7th December 2012
Exclusive: Government to support gay couples marrying in church in plans to be announced next week 41
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk understands the government is to push for complete marriage equality, meaning religious organisations will be allowed to provide same-sex marriages, as part of its reforms, despite widespread opposition by senior Anglican and Catholic leaders.
21st November 2012
Church of England isolated further on equal marriage following bishop vote 38
11:31 AM — The COE's decision to vote against the introduction of women bishops is also likely to undermine its opposition to marriage equality, according to an Anglican theologian.
20th November 2012
Labour MP backs petition against gay ‘cure’ treatments 25
4:52 PM — Labour MP Diana Johnson is encouraging people to sign and help distribute a paper parliamentary petition currently in circulation, calling for an end to gay conversion therapy.
16th November 2012
‘No intention to support same-sex marriage’ says UKIP 78
4:25 PM — The UK Independence Party has restated its opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples.
15th November 2012
Comment: Lobby Maria Miller so we can have full marriage equality 14
1:27 PM — Peter Tatchell says now is the time to email the Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities Maria Miller, in order to ensure the LGBT community can secure complete marriage equality.
13th November 2012
Gay ‘cure’ therapy is harmful says UK government 29
1:13 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has responded to a parliamentary question on gay conversion therapy by instructing Health Minister Norman Lamb to outline the government’s official position.
11th November 2012
UK equalities minister: Gay couples will be banned from suing churches that refuse to marry them 154
10:24 AM — The British equalities minister has confirmed that gay couples are to be prevented from using European human rights laws to demand a church to marry them. Maria Miller, the culture secretary and equalities minister has said that new safeguards would prevent couples from using the European Convention on Human Right’s protection for freedom of religion to force a particular church to marry them.
8th November 2012
UK: Culture secretary seeks to reduce religious fears over equal marriage 71
12:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government is looking at incorporating additional “locks” in its proposed equal marriage legislation.