13th March 2012
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.
Catholic Diocese drops homeless funding over director’s gay marriage views 56
12:27 PM — A Catholic Diocese in California has dropped the funding it gives a homelessness charity citing the new director's views on abortion and equal marriage rights for gays.
Analysis: Did the Catholic Voices poll show a Britain opposed to gay marriage? Not really 55
11:07 AM — Can it be right that 70 percent of Britons oppose equal marriage, Edmund Broch asks, or would a single four-letter word missing from that question have changed the result?
8th March 2012
Australian comedian to host ‘mass gay TV wedding’ 2
1:57 PM — Australian comedian and television presenter Adam Hills is to host Australia's first 'mass gay TV wedding'.
Poll: 70 percent of Britons oppose equal marriage 146
11:12 AM — A ComRes poll commissioned by Catholic Voices has found that 70 percent of two thousand people agreed marriage should only be available to a man and a woman.
7th March 2012
Zimbabwe state media ‘backs’ Scottish cardinal on ‘grotesque’ gay marriages 41
11:29 AM — Zimbabwe's state-controlled Herald newspaper is backing the head of the Scottish Catholic Church in his attack on proposals to allow gay couples to marry.
UKIP: Marriage belongs to religion, not government 110
10:53 AM — UKIP has accused the government of 'picking a fight' with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage saying the issue is 'in the domain of the church and other faiths'.
Reform Judaism backs gay marriage 29
10:08 AM — The Movement for Reform Judaism has officially backed gay marriages in a week in which church leaders have renewed their opposition to marriage equality for gays.
6th March 2012
New UKIP MEP: Will gay marriage lead to incest? 86
11:11 AM — An MEP who last year asked why doctors should perform gender reassignment surgery but not 'gay cure' therapy has suggested gay marriages will lead to incestuous and polygamous unions.
Catholics will be told of their ‘duty to oppose gay marriage’ at Mass this weekend 230
10:08 AM — In a letter to be read to congregations at Mass this weekend, two senior Archbishops in the Catholic Church tell followers they have a 'duty' to 'ensure' gays should not be allowed to marry even in civil ceremonies.
5th March 2012
Ed Miliband signs marriage equality pledge 21
3:00 PM — Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband has backed the Scottish Equal Marriage campaign to lift the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnership.
The Times backs gay marriage 59
11:03 AM — An editorial in The Times today says the paper is in favour of gay marriage and that "far from damaging marriage, expanding it to same-sex couples shores it up".
24th February 2012
Petition secures second public vote on gay marriage in Maine 36
3:42 PM — Citizens of Maine will be asked to vote in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples after a petition by marriage equality advocates secured enough signatures for a second public referendum.
23rd February 2012
Poll finds Irish support for gay marriage at 73% 60
3:29 PM — Equal marriage advocates have welcomed a poll which puts public support for allowing gay couples to marry at 73%.
22nd February 2012
David Burrowes ‘faced death threat’ over equal marriage opposition 98
4:19 PM — Conservative David Burrowes is among a number of MPs backing the new Coalition for Marriage petition to opposite marriage equality for gay couples, but says he has received a death threat as a result of his views.