11th September 2012
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.
Australian Christian lobbyist: Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry because they are more likely to smoke 62
12:48 PM — The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) appears to have come up with a whole new reason for why Australia should be against equal marriage.
UK Catholic Bishop says equal marriage is a ‘gathering storm’ for Christians 76
11:06 AM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies, has launched another attack on the government’s plans to introduce equal marriage.
4th September 2012
Lynne Featherstone moved from equalities role in UK Government reshuffle 48
7:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is to leave her post as the government’s equalities minister. It has been reported that she will move to a new role at the Department for International Development, while the Home Office will loose responsibility for the equalities agenda in government.
Salmond: Equal marriage debate is ‘good’ for Scotland 20
6:09 PM — A bill to legalise marriage for same-sex couples has been formally included in today’s legislative agenda for the new term of the Scottish parliament.
Minnesota: Bishop urges Catholics to support equal marriage ban 26
12:52 PM — The archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is asking Catholics in the US state of Minnesota to vote in favour of a pending constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Dublin City Council votes to support equal marriage 7
10:39 AM — Dublin City Council has passed motions in support of opening up civil marriage to all citizens “regardless” of their sexuality.
Fatboy Slim: Supporting equal marriage is a ‘no brainer’ and I talk about the issue with my son 10
10:01 AM — DJ Norman cook, otherwise known as Fatboy Slim, has launched a scathing attack on “reactionary, rightwing, homophobic idiots and religious zealots” for opposing plans to introduce marriage equality in the UK.
3rd September 2012
Poland moves towards introducing civil partnerships 23
1:00 PM — Poland’s ruling centre-right party, Platforma Obywatelska (PO), has announced that it will introduce legislation allowing gay couples to have civil unions.