6th September 2012
Christian anti-equal marriage MSP cautiously welcomes assurances from Scottish government 28
4:09 PM — Although opposed to “people of the same sex having a sexual relationship,” Mr Mason welcomed Mr Salmond’s assurances that all MSPs would be given a free vote on the matter.
Australian PM cancels speech over Christian gay ‘smoking’ row 23
11:59 AM — Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pulled out from attending a Christian lobby conference after its head suggested smoking was healthier than an LGBT lifestyle.
5th September 2012
Tributes to Featherstone, but concern for UK equal marriage policy following reshuffle 19
6:20 PM — The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches has paid tribute to Lynne Featherstone, the UK Government’s former equalities minister, who was moved from the post in yesterday’s reshuffle.
Australian Christian lobbyist: Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry because they are more likely to smoke 62
12:48 PM — The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) appears to have come up with a whole new reason for why Australia should be against equal marriage.
UK Catholic Bishop says equal marriage is a ‘gathering storm’ for Christians 76
11:06 AM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies, has launched another attack on the government’s plans to introduce equal marriage.
4th September 2012
Lynne Featherstone moved from equalities role in UK Government reshuffle 48
7:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is to leave her post as the government’s equalities minister. It has been reported that she will move to a new role at the Department for International Development, while the Home Office will loose responsibility for the equalities agenda in government.
Salmond: Equal marriage debate is ‘good’ for Scotland 20
6:09 PM — A bill to legalise marriage for same-sex couples has been formally included in today’s legislative agenda for the new term of the Scottish parliament.
Minnesota: Bishop urges Catholics to support equal marriage ban 26
12:52 PM — The archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is asking Catholics in the US state of Minnesota to vote in favour of a pending constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Dublin City Council votes to support equal marriage 7
10:39 AM — Dublin City Council has passed motions in support of opening up civil marriage to all citizens “regardless” of their sexuality.
Fatboy Slim: Supporting equal marriage is a ‘no brainer’ and I talk about the issue with my son 10
10:01 AM — DJ Norman cook, otherwise known as Fatboy Slim, has launched a scathing attack on “reactionary, rightwing, homophobic idiots and religious zealots” for opposing plans to introduce marriage equality in the UK.
3rd September 2012
Poland moves towards introducing civil partnerships 23
1:00 PM — Poland’s ruling centre-right party, Platforma Obywatelska (PO), has announced that it will introduce legislation allowing gay couples to have civil unions.
30th August 2012
Warning made to US churches that collecting money for anti-equality causes is not allowed 8
9:12 PM — Churches in Washington have been reminded that they are not to act as intermediaries by taking donations for political causes, including a group attempting to overturn the legalisation of equal marriage in the state.
Tasmania: equal marriage bill passes in first stage of parliament 20
8:35 PM — Tasmanian advocators of equal marriage celebrated today, as a bill to legalise same-sex marriage was passed in the first chamber of parliament.
Catholic college teacher in New Zealand suspended over marriage equality views 9
11:03 AM — A teacher at a Catholic college in Whangarei, New Zealand, has been suspended and students allegedly threatened in a row with the college's principal over marriage equality.
Republican Senator of Utah disagrees with Romney over marriage equality ban 15
10:19 AM — The Senator of Utah, who is Mitt Romney’s most high-profile Mormon supporter in the US Senate, has come to blows with the new presidential candidate on amending the Constitution to ban marriage equality.
29th August 2012
Gay Republican says platform banning marriage equality will be last gasp of homophobia from the party 35
12:31 PM — Gay Republican and former Representative of Arizona, Jim Kolbe said he believes this will be the last time the Republican Party’s platform will endorse amending the US Constitution to stop states from recognising marriage equality.
Maryland LGBT groups join up with immigrants over November ballot
11:02 AM — LGBT groups in Maryland teamed up with the state's largest Latino and immigrant rights group yesterday, hoping to build support for November ballot questions which, if passed, will allow marriage equality and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
23rd August 2012
Hugh Hefner announces support for equal marriage 13
9:18 PM — The publishing veteran is adamant that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage is a basic infringement of their human rights.
Bishop of Buckingham: ‘Church should get its head around gay relationships and be @Out4Marriage’ 68
1:04 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham has become the most senior member of the Church of England to join the Out4Marriage campaign to introduce equal same-sex marriage in the UK. But a spokesman for the Church says that his message of equality is not the official view of the Church of England.
Northern Ireland: Retired Church of Ireland cleric backs calls for marriage equality to be legalised 10
12:33 PM — A retired senior Church of Ireland cleric has called for marriage equality to be made legal.