7th December 2012
Church of England: David Cameron is being ‘divisive’ over same-sex marriage 46
6:32 PM — The Church of England has criticised David Cameron’s support for allowing faith organisations to provide marriages for gay couples.
Yvette Cooper: Now time for parliament to ‘get on’ with legalising equal marriage 14
5:32 PM — Labour’s Yvette Cooper has welcomed David Cameron's backing for same-sex religious weddings, but has urged the prime minister to ensure parliament "gets on with it".
Tory MP Bob Blackman: Cameron should be re-introducing Section 28 not letting gays marry 104
3:57 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman has responded to David Cameron’s support for religious same-sex marriages by suggesting the prime minister should resurrect Section 28, a notorious piece of anti-gay legislation passed under the Thatcher government.
David Cameron: I support ‘gay church weddings’ 54
1:56 PM — David Cameron has confirmed reports that he is to back same-sex marriages for religious institutions.
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.
6th December 2012
Poll: Record numbers of Americans back same-sex marriage 4
4:39 PM — A new poll for the US national newspaper USA Today has found that 53 per cent of Americans now support same-sex marriage.
Colombian senator: Same-sex marriage would lead to bestiality or necrophilia 31
4:04 PM — When Colombia’s Congress took its first step towards legalising same-sex marriage this week, Senator Edgar Espíndola reacted by saying the measure would open the way towards necrophilia, bestiality and paedophilia.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Straight couples refused equality’ 41
3:26 PM — Peter Tatchell has suggested that the government is likely to decline opening up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, when it issues its official response to the equal marriage consultation, later this month.
First same-sex marriage permits issued in Washington state 7
10:37 AM — Two women in Seattle have become the first gay couple to receive a marriage licence in America’s west coast state of Washington.
5th December 2012
Same-sex marriage opponent Donald Trump admits to attending a ‘beautiful’ gay wedding 12
1:47 PM — George Takei says he hopes his lunch date with Donald Trump can help end the billionaire’s opposition to equal marriage, and has revealed that the social conservative recently attended a “beautiful” gay wedding.
Tory MP Bob Stewart: I will vote against same-sex marriage, but I’m not homophobic 72
12:29 PM — Conservative MP Colonel Bob Stewart has told David Cameron and the Chief Whip Sir George Young that he plans to vote against equal marriage when the motion comes before the Commons next year.
4th December 2012
Paris gay-friendly mosque denounced by Islamic leaders 30
5:47 PM — Islamic leaders in Paris are condemning the opening of what's been described as Europe's first gay-friendly mosque.
Tory MP Richard Bacon’s motion to repeal Human Rights Act defeated 30
4:02 PM — MPs have defeated a bid by Conservative MP Richard Bacon to scrap the Human Rights Act, which opponents of equal marriage have argued is a key threat to religious freedom.
France: President’s partner to be a witness at one of the first same-sex weddings 2
2:51 PM — Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of the French President François Hollande, has shown her support for moves to make marriage equal by announcing that she will be a witness at one of the first same-sex marriages.
3rd December 2012
US Radio host: ‘Same-sex marriage encourages children to have gay sex’ 96
9:43 PM — Linda Harvey, a radio host with an Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has said that same-sex marriage is wrong because it encourages children to have gay sex.
US Supreme Court fails again to decide on equal marriage cases 5
3:33 PM — The US Supreme Court once again failed today to indicate whether it plans to hear multiple cases related to equal marriage.
Tory councillor warns David Cameron introducing same-sex marriage will displease God 97
2:50 PM — A Conservative councillor in Henley, Oxfordshire, has invoked the prime minister’s Christian faith as a reason why he should abandon plans to introduce equal marriage.
Wife of anti-equal marriage Tory MP disagrees with his stance 36
1:23 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has admitted to his local newspaper that his own wife doesn’t agree with him when it comes to opposing equal marriage.
1st December 2012
Video: Sir Ian McKellen says ‘I want to get married in Middle Earth’ for same-sex marriage campaign 14
8:26 PM — X-Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video for a New Zealand equal marriage campaign.
30th November 2012
Andrew Lansley: I’m ‘looking forward’ to the government’s same-sex marriage plans 17
12:26 PM — The Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley has announced his support for equal civil marriage.