18th December 2012
UK: Gay Tory group writes to 303 Tory MPs in plea to support same-sex marriage 9
2:04 PM — The Conservative Party’s LGBT group has written to all 303 Tory MPs calling on them to support equal marriage rights for gay couples.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Same-sex marriage is an ‘abuse of language’ 74
11:51 AM — The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has questioned whether David Cameron can be trusted due to his support for equal marriage.
Muslim council wants exemption from “discriminatory” marriage equality law 81
10:49 AM — Muslim leaders have spoken out about upcoming marriage equality legislation to say that all religions should be allowed exemption from the law, not just the Church of England and Church in Wales.
Anti-equal marriage Tory MP leaves Twitter after backlash 29
10:24 AM — Conservative MP Gordon Henderson has closed down his Twitter account after speaking out against same-sex marriage.
17th December 2012
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle: ‘Gay marriage is just not on’ 65
6:00 PM — The first Liberal Democrat MP to voice their opposition to the government’s marriage reforms since last week's announcement has gone public.
Gay Essex dads to sue government over church same-sex marriage ban 92
3:33 PM — Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow plan to mount a legal challenge over the government’s decision to ban gay couples from marrying in the Church of England.
Exclusive: Labour MPs threaten to resign over same-sex marriage vote 33
10:48 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Labour’s decision to grant its backbenchers a free vote on equal marriage caused a major rift in the shadow cabinet with deputy leader Harriet Harman amongst those calling for the vote to be whipped.
Campaigners protest the Vatican in support of marriage equality 2
1:17 AM — Gay rights campaigners held a protest near St Peter's Square on Sunday, during the Pope's weekly prayers, after he said that legalising marriage equality "threatened the institute of marriage".
France: Thousands take to the streets in support of equal marriage and adoption rights 2
1:15 AM — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Sunday, in support of the government's decision to legalise equal marriage and adoption.
16th December 2012
Mail on Sunday poll: 60% of British voters support David Cameron’s plans for same-sex marriage 16
11:08 PM — A poll for the Mail on Sunday, a newspaper that is opposed to equal marriage has found that the majority of the public support changing the law. The poll also found that half of Conservative voters support David Cameron’s plans for gay equality.
Anti-gay marriage Tory MP, who supports Section 28, exposed as a love cheat 74
2:08 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who recently suggested David Cameron should resurrect Section 28, previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, according to his former mistress.
14th December 2012
US Radio host: Gays aren’t human so aren’t protected by the US constitution 169
9:29 PM — An American Christian radio host who last week said that same-sex marriage encourages children to have gay sex has now said that as she believes humans aren’t naturaly homosexual, gays aren’t ‘people’ and shouldn’t be protected under the definition of a person.
South African President Jacob Zuma: I’d react in a ‘certain way’ to having a gay child 18
5:34 PM — In a wide-ranging newspaper interview, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma says he has no intention of overturning the country’s equal marriage laws, although he reacted cautiously when asked on how he would respond to learning that one of his children were gay.
Barnardo’s: Changing the law on marriage will benefit children and gay parents 7
4:09 PM — The Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Anne Marie Carrie, has welcomed the government’s decision to allow gay couples to marry from 2013. Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, she says it will be of enormous benefit to gay parents and their children.
Bishop of Buckingham: Church will be a fool to squander the option of ‘getting real’ by backing same-sex marriage 24
12:59 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, the most senior member of the Church of England to back the Out4Marriage campaign for marriage equality has warned that the Church of England risks squandering a “precious opportunity to get real” by backing same-sex marriage.
Church of England: We weren’t consulted over the government’s same-sex marriage ban 51
12:21 PM — The Church of England says it only learnt of the government’s plan to ban it from performing same-sex marriages when Culture Secretary Maria Miller took to the Commons despatch box on Tuesday.
13th December 2012
US: GOP Senator who cast deciding vote for New York marriage equality concedes 11
11:26 PM — A Republican Senator who cast the key vote to legalise marriage equality in the state of New York has conceded that he has lost his re-election bid, and will not be returning to the Senate.
Simon Callow: I’m @Out4Marriage because I pay taxes and I’d like the same privildges as everyone else 13
5:55 PM — In his video for the Out4Marriage campaign, the actor Simon Callow says that as a tax payer, he must have the same rights and privileges as anyone else to marry.
MSP blasts anti-same sex marriage opponent who warns of polygamy 14
3:55 PM — A claim that same-sex marriage in Scotland could lead to "sexual chaos" has been branded offensive by independent MSP John Finnie.
UK: Jewish Masorti movement hints it might endorse same-sex marriage in synagogues 2
2:20 PM — While the Reform and Liberal Judaism movements have welcomed the government’s plans to allow gay couples to marry in synagogues, the Masorti movement has not joined the orthodox United Synagogue and the Chief Rabbi in opposing the moves.