17th September 2012
Anti-equal marriage protesters to hold Tory conference rally 137
11:20 AM — A rally by the Coalition for Marriage, the campaign group leading the opposition to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in the UK, is to take place on Monday 8 October at next month’s Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
13th September 2012
Nick Clegg issues apology to church leaders over ‘bigot’ row 80
2:01 PM — Nick Clegg has written a formal letter of apology to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster over claims he was prepared to call the opponents of equal marriage “bigots” in a speech at an LGBT reception.
12th September 2012
London Assembly passes motion in support of equal marriage 15
5:42 PM — The London Assembly has become the latest local body in England to throw its weight behind the government’s plan to legalise civil marriage for same-sex couples.
Comment: What exactly is a ‘bigot’? 107
12:27 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk Nicolas Chinardet assesses the ‘bigot’ row that has hit Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in the past 24 hours.
Conservative MP calls on Nick Clegg to quit over ‘bigot’ row 83
10:37 AM — Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, has called on Nick Clegg to apologise or resign over claims he was prepared to describe the opponents of equal marriage as “bigots” in a speech
Exclusive: Nick Clegg dismisses ‘bigot’ row and defends reshuffle changes 35
1:20 AM — Nick Clegg is rejecting claims he was prepared to brand opponents of equal marriage “bigots” at a reception for the LGBT community. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk the deputy PM also defended changes to the Government Equalities Office and the new Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
11th September 2012
Hollywood director links incest with equal marriage 41
2:32 PM — Although he may not have meant to offend the LGBT community, director Nick Cassavetes has done just that after placing incest alongside marriage rights for gay couples.
Brighton: Green Party councillor faces expulsion for voting against equal marriage 66
9:34 AM — It has been recommended that a Christian councillor who voted against supporting same-sex marriage be expelled from the Green group on Brighton and Hove City Council.
US: Hundreds rally in Portland for equal marriage 6
1:39 AM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of Maine have kicked off a public campaign of tv adverts, bumper stickers and yard signs, with a rally in Portland.
10th September 2012
Australia: Archbishop backs anti-gay ‘smoking’ comments of Christian leader 61
3:29 PM — The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen is supporting comments made by the head of the Australian Christian Jim Wallace, who last week suggested that a gay “lifestyle” is more hazardous to health than smoking.
Northern Ireland: Green leader pushes for equal marriage 3
2:21 PM — A private member’s motion to debate equal marriage, which previously failed to gain support, during the last session of Northern Ireland’s Legislative Assembly, has been resubmitted for the coming year.
Brad Pitt rallies around Obama and says equal marriage is ‘inevitable’ 9
10:43 AM — Speaking to the Telegraph, Brad said he would once again support Mr Obama in this autumn’s presidential election.
Irish councillor and doctor facing growing pressure over ‘stupid’ remarks against equal marriage 21
10:00 AM — A Dublin politician has been roundly condemned after protesting against the city council’s decision to vote in favour of opening up civil marriage to all citizens “regardless” of their sexuality.
New UK culture secretary supports equal marriage, saying marriage should be for ‘everyone’ 67
9:32 AM — Conservative MP Maria Miller has signalled her full backing to the coalition’s policy on same-sex marriage.
8th September 2012
Rowan Williams: Church ‘wrong’ about homosexuality but Cameron has embarrassed us on gay marriage 68
11:42 AM — In an interview ahead of his upcoming retirement from the role of Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said that while the church was "wrong" not to have advocated gay equality, Prime Minister David Cameron was wrong to embarrass the Church of England over the issue of equal marriage.
7th September 2012
Culture Secretary Maria Miller appeals for dialogue with gay community 70
7:25 PM — The UK’s new culture secretary, who was controversially given the responsibility of looking after the Government Equalities Office in this week’s reshuffle, is keen to begin discussions with LGBT organisations.
Exclusive: Brighton Green MP criticises party councillor for opposing equal marriage 16
2:10 PM — Caroline Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion and former leader of the Green Party, has exclusively told PinkNews.co.uk, about her “disappointment” at Green Councillor Christina Summers’ decision to break rank with the party over marriage rights for same-sex couples.
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.