16th March 2012
Daily Mail: Ministers ‘viciously bullying’ Church over marriage equality 114
1:10 PM — The Daily Mail has published an editorial today questioning whether there is real public demand for allowing gay couples to marry.
Telegraph: Government ‘risks reigniting anti-gay bigotry’ with equal marriage 92
10:47 AM — The Telegraph has published an editorial saying the equal marriage proposals unveiled by the government yesterday 'risk reigniting anti-homosexual bigotry' and will have ‘profound ramifications’ for the Church of England.
Gay Tories challenge MP’s ‘no mandate for equal marriage’ claim 26
9:53 AM — Conservative group LGBTory has challenged the assertion by a party MP, who recently branded equal marriage 'completely nuts', that the government has no mandate to allow equal marriage rights for gays.
15th March 2012
Poll: 65 percent of British agree gays should have equal right to marry 39
5:15 PM — The latest in a line of polls gauging public opinion on the proposed right of gay couples to marry in Britain has found two thirds of the public support it.
Comment: Gay marriage proposals are welcome but flawed 52
1:26 PM — Peter Tatchell says the government's consultation proposals today to allow civil marriage for gay couples but not religious ceremonies or straight civil partnerships are a welcome move but still discriminate and hinder religious freedom.
Religious groups welcome consultation on allowing gays to marry 20
12:43 PM — Spokespeople for Liberal Judaism, Quakers in Britain and the Unitarian and Free Christian Churches have welcomed the government's consultation on how to lift the ban on gay marriages in England and Wales.
Scottish anti-marriage equality group to launch ‘misleading’ poll ads today 30
11:25 AM — A 'misleading' poll question which asked voters to agree that gays 'should not be allowed to redefine marriage for everyone else' because they 'already have' civil partnerships will be used in publicity by equal marriage opponents in Scotland from today.
Government publishes proposals and opens consultation on same sex marriage 87
10:39 AM — The 12-week consultation on how to lift the ban on gay couples marrying in a civil ceremony in England and Wales has been launched by the government today.
14th March 2012
Government to unveil consultation plans for equal marriage in England and Wales tomorrow 29
6:26 PM — Consultation plans for the UK government's introduction of civil marriage equality for gay couples are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.
Blogger publishes Archbishops’ anti-marriage equality letter ‘how it should have been’ 13
5:05 PM — A gay blogger in New York has rewritten the Archbishop of Westminster's letter to Catholics, which told them they had a "duty" to oppose equal civil marriage rights for gays, the way he believes it should have been.
Denmark: Equal marriage law may take effect in June 51
1:07 PM — Denmark's prime minister has announced that equal marriage laws may come into effect on 15 June this year.
Comment: Catholic Archbishops misled the faithful on equal marriage plans 46
12:18 PM — Peter Tatchell writes that in their letter on a 'duty' to oppose marriage equality, Catholic Archbishops mislead the faithful - either deliberately or by careless omission.
Study says civil partnerships are ‘treated like parents’ marriages’ 26
10:20 AM — Authors of a study at the University of Manchester into how people regard civil partnerships say gay couples and their acquaintances see the relationship in the same way as their parents' marriages.
13th March 2012
Renamed Ben and Jerry’s flavour backs equal marriage in the UK 105
11:56 AM — Ice cream giant Ben and Jerry's has announced today it will be changing the name of one of its ice cream flavours in the UK in support of equal marriage rights for gays.
The Times: Church stance on gay rights is not brave, it is demeaning and futile 59
11:41 AM — In a new editorial, The Times has said the Church of England's stance on equal gay rights is not 'brave', but a 'demeaning, unconscionable and ultimately futile defence of injustice'.
Gay dean: Church of England’s relationship with gays is ‘a disaster’ 51
9:48 AM — Dr Jeffrey John, who has twice lost out on a post as bishop because of his public homosexuality, says his denomination has become the 'last refuge of prejudice' and is treating gay relationships as 'inferior' to straight ones.
12th March 2012
Archbishop of York: Church would need to approve gay civil marriage law 119
1:41 PM — The Archbishop of York appears to have claimed the Church of England must give its permission to the legal extension of equal marriage rights to gay couples even in a civil setting.
Video: Australian politician’s gay brother slams attack ad 2
10:12 AM — Australian politician Bob Katter's gay brother has criticised him for a new advert which attacks an opponent's support for equal marriage rights for gays.
9th March 2012
Catholic paper ‘expects government to bow to public pressure’ on equal marriage consultation 102
4:55 PM — A Catholic newspaper has claimed the government is 'expected to bow to public pressure' and include in its upcoming consultation on marriage equality a question on whether such marriages should be legalised at all.
The Times keeps up attack on equal marriage opponents 36
1:20 PM — After officially backing equal marriage rights for gays this week, The Times has published a comment piece today on benefits of such a move, gently cajoling opponents for the quality of their arguments.