21st June 2012
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples 22
2:58 PM — Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.
Andrew Mitchell: Most pensioners support equal marriage plans when properly explained 26
12:11 PM — The International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has said that a slim majority of over-65s, the group most opposed to the government's plans to legalise gay civil marriages, are actually in favour of the move when it is properly explained.
20th June 2012
Australia: MP wishes wife a happy anniversary in speech against marriage for gay couples 52
1:39 PM — Australian MP John Murphy paused during a speech in which he opposed equal marriage rights for gay couples to wish his own wife a happy anniversary on Monday.
Video: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says equal marriage no longer a matter of ‘if’ in @Out4Marriage video 45
10:35 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, has reiterated his support for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in England and Wales, affirming that it is no longer a question of 'if' the move will go ahead.
18th June 2012
Scotland: Marriage poll defended after Catholic spokesman’s ‘distortion’ claim 32
5:30 PM — Polling agency Ipsos-MORI and the Equality Network have defended a poll showing record levels of support for marriage equality in Scotland after a spokesman for the Catholic Church said it was ‘distorted’.
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage 13
5:02 PM — Claudio Marchisio, a midfielder on Italy's national squad has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples, a week after a team-mate said he hoped there were no gays on their team.
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
15th June 2012
Denmark: Equal marriage laws for gay couples come into effect today 44
10:23 AM — Denmark's new laws allowing gay couples to marry in the state church have come into effect today.
14th June 2012
Out4Marriage: Ban on religious same-sex marriages may breach human rights laws 14
4:17 PM — In its official submission to the Government's consultation on introduce equal civil marriage for same sex couples, Out4Marriage has called on the Government to allow religious institutions to solomise ceremonies should they wish to do so, arguing that a ban would be in breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organisation also called for same spouses of someone receiving an honour to be given a courtesy title.
Law Society backs equal marriage, says faiths will not be forced to marry gay couples 108
1:58 PM — The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has lent its support to equal marriage rights for gay couples and called for faiths to be allowed to perform gay weddings if they so choose, saying the European Court of Human Rights has shown it is 'not going to force religious groups to conduct same-sex marriages'.
13th June 2012
Video: Newly married couple deliver anti-gay marriage petition to Downing Street 144
1:43 PM — The Coalition for Marriage, the campaign which opposes giving gay and straight couples an equal right to marry, recruited a newly-wed couple to deliver their petition to Downing Street yesterday.
ASA rules Coalition for Marriage ads did not mislead or offend 26
1:04 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Coalition for Marriage adverts which said 70 percent of people wanted to keep marriage 'as it is' in a bid to promote its anti-gay marriage petition were not misleading or offensive.
12th June 2012
Report: 71 percent of Britons back equal marriage rights for gay couples 58
2:16 PM — In a report released by Stonewall today, a YouGov poll has found 71 percent of people approve of the government's plans to allow gay couples to marry, and the same number want faiths to be able to perform gay weddings ceremonies if they choose.
Church of England: Marriage equality proposals ‘legally and conceptually flawed’ 128
11:44 AM — The Church of England has said allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies will "dilute the meaning of marriage for everyone" and put its role performing marriages on behalf of the state in jeopardy.
11th June 2012
Australian prime minister: Not all loving relationships need marriage certificates 87
6:51 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, who is personally opposed to marriage rights for gay couples, has told the father of a gay man that not all loving relationships need to be recognised as marriages.
Video: Southern Baptist pastor defends Obama’s equal marriage endorsement 44
11:49 AM — In a video watched tens of thousands of times over the weekend, a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas, Texas has criticised negative reactions to President Obama's personal endorsement of marriage rights for gay couples.
8th June 2012
Catholic Voices poll: ’77 percent’ of gay and bisexual Britons disagree with marriage ban 84
10:16 AM — Reports of an online poll appear to show that half of gay Britons reject the idea that there is "no need" to change the law on marriage because of civil partnerships, and 77 percent do not accept that marriage should be reserved exclusively for straight people.
7th June 2012
Australian Christian Lobby director likens equal marriage campaign to Nazi propaganda 53
10:56 AM — The Australian Christian Lobby has criticised the ethics of a morning television programme after it publicly supported an equal marriage campaign and said today the way it had been run would do 'great credit' to Nazi propagandists.
1st June 2012
Typo blamed after Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says faiths ‘will be able to marry gays’ 16
1:10 PM — The office of Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has blamed a typographical error for messages he sent to constituents which appear to say religious institutions will be allowed to marry gay couples under government plans.
31st May 2012
Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales 18
1:24 PM — Two weeks remain until the government's consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples closes, prompting final calls for responses from gay and trans people as well as straight allies.