9th July 2012
Archbishop of Canterbury questions mandate for equal marriage rights 71
9:52 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has questioned the government's mandate for the introduction of equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
7th July 2012
New York: Court rejects marriage equality challenge 11
11:34 PM — A New York court has dismissed an evangelical group's challenge to the city's marriage equality laws. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms claimed the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill last year.
6th July 2012
Texas: Dallas gay couple arrested for marriage equality protest 8
11:55 PM — Two gay men in Dallas, Texas, have been arrested after they refused to leave a county clerk's office. The pair, named as Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler, were protesting the state's ban on marriage equality.
Australia: Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull hits out at anti-gay ‘hypocrisy’ 16
10:38 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has attacked anti-gay campaigners as "dripping with the worst sort of hypocrisy". Frontbencher Mr Turnbull, who was delivering a lecture on the Gold Coast, attacked the coalition for its unwillingness to legalise marriage for gay couples, The Age reports.
Brad Pitt’s mother writes anti-gay letter to local newspaper 37
8:30 PM — Brad Pitt's mother has written a letter to a Missouri newspaper attacking Barack Obama on his support for marriage equality. Jane Pitt wrote to the Springfield News-Leader to say Christians should back Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is against abortion and same-sex marriage.
5th July 2012
Evening Standard backs religious marriage rights for gay couples 14
3:55 PM — The Evening Standard has backed marriage rights for gay couples in religious ceremonies today.
Scotland: Former first minister backs marriage for gay couples 18
2:23 PM — Scotland’s former First Minister, Jack McConnell, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation which would allow gay couples to marry.
4th July 2012
One Washington state anti-equality measure fails 6
10:38 PM — One Washington state voter-initiative to ban equal marriage has failed to gain enough support. Backers of Initiative 1192, which sought to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples, said they had fallen "woefully short" of the number of signatures needed to get their measure on the ballot.
Shadow home secretary meets with liberal faith groups on equal marriage 18
4:59 PM — The shadow home secretary hosted a roundtable discussion on equal marriage rights for gay couples in London today, inviting religious figures to discuss their support for religious recognition in the government's plans.
Northern Ireland: Public meeting on equal marriage in Belfast tomorrow 7
4:27 PM — A free public conference will be held tomorrow evening in Belfast to unite supporters of equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland into a new campaigning group.
Updated: Scottish government has not delayed marriage equality decision 47
2:13 PM — The Scottish government had erroneously stated earlier today it would announce its decision on same-sex marriage in August, leaving gay rights groups further disappointed by delays. The government has now confirmed a decision will be announced in July. Please see the update in the story.
3rd July 2012
Comment: Did C4M members help lay the groundwork for teaching same-sex marriage in schools? 17
5:22 PM — The argument that Coalition for Marriage backers themselves are responsible for teaching about gay marriages in schools seems absurd, Richy Thompson writes, but it might just be true.
Sir Derek Jacobi: Equal marriage debate a ‘squabble over nothing’ 104
12:40 PM — Legendary stage actor Derek Jacobi said he views the debate over equal marriage rights for gay couples as a 'squabble over nothing'.
2nd July 2012
Facebook updates marriage icons for gay couples 8
5:34 PM — Facebook has updated the icons used to signify key events on the profile timelines of users to include gay couples' weddings.
Edinburgh: Pride marchers demand marriage equality 16
2:33 PM — Over a thousand marchers took to the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday marching for gay marriage equality as part of Pride Scotia.
28th June 2012
Video: Policing minister Nick Herbert says difference between civil partnership and marriage ‘matters’ 20
1:21 PM — Nick Herbert, the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, has become the latest member of the government to join the Out4Marriage campaign to support efforts to legalise gay marriages.
27th June 2012
Archbishop of Canterbury ‘frustrated’ by Christian ‘disgust’ over equal marriage 100
11:30 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has spoken of 'frustration' at those Christians whose feelings of 'embarrassment, shame and disgust' over equal marriage rights for gay couples send out 'unwelcome' messages.
26th June 2012
Church of England ‘threatens to obstruct democracy’ with equal marriage opposition 47
1:15 PM — A legal opinion commissioned by the National Secular Society says the Church of England's response to the government's public consultation on marriage equality 'confuses the issues'.
25th June 2012
Australia: Senate committee backs marriage equality in ‘watershed’ report 5
2:09 PM — A cross-party senate committee in Australia has published recommendations for a free vote on marriage equality legislation in the country's federal parliament and called on senators to support the move.
Bishop: Church’s equal marriage views may not reflect even a ‘sizeable minority’ of members 35
12:29 PM — Two bishops in the Church of England have spoken out publicly against the faith's public opposition to marriage equality for gay couples, with one describing a "sea change" in opinion within the Church.