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  • 11th October 2011

    Scottish faith groups want gay marriage referendum 36

    The faith groups want a referendum on gay marriage

    1:21 PM — Two Scottish faith groups are calling for a referendum on gay marriage. Dundee-based Solas and the Free Church say voters should be allowed to choose whether Scotland allows gay couples to wed.

  • 10th October 2011

    South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16

    Mike Rann said civil unions were a "halfway house". (Photo: SABREnet)

    4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".

  • 700,000 celebrate Rio de Janeiro Pride 8

    Rio de Janeiro Pride was held on Sunday (file photo)

    2:55 PM — An estimated 700,000 people joined Brazil's Rio de Janeiro Pride on Sunday. Revellers with rainbow flags and fancy dress costumes congregated at Copacabana beach to call for stronger laws against homophobia.

  • Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72

    Archbishop Mario Conti has launched a campaign against gay marriage

    11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.

  • 6th October 2011

    Cameron faces religious backlash over gay marriage comments 203

    The Catholic Church will formally oppose the plans

    11:33 AM — Religious leaders have criticised prime minister David Cameron's public backing for gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester yesterday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.

  • 4th October 2011

    Obama ‘still working’ on gay marriage views 95

    Barack Obama is 'still working' on his views on gay marriage

    10:06 AM — US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".

  • 29th September 2011

    Religious groups say gay marriage ban blocks faith freedom 65

    Faith groups want the right to hold gay weddings

    10:45 AM — Scottish religious leaders have warned that banning faiths from holding gay weddings will compromise religious freedom. Representatives from the Unitarians, Liberal Jews, Quakers, the Metropolitan Community Church and the Pagan Federation held a conference in Edinbugh yesterday to back calls for marriage equality.

  • 28th September 2011

    US census shows 131,297 gay marriages 7

    This is the first time the census has counted gay households (Photo: ILGA-Europe)

    4:12 PM — The US census shows that there are 131,297 gay married households and 514,735 unmarried gay households. Marriage equality campaigners said the figures show the need for gay couples to be given the right to wed.

  • Scottish faith groups call for gay marriage 130

    Scotland is considering allowing gay couples to marry

    10:04 AM — A coalition of faith groups has announced its support for introducing gay marriage in Scotland. The group does not include the Church of Scotland or the Scottish Catholic Church.

  • 26th September 2011

    Gay Church of Scotland minister backs same-sex marriage 17

    Scott Rennie backs gay marriages

    2:45 PM — An openly gay minister in the Church of Scotland has backed calls for marriage equality. The Rev Scott Rennie, whose 2009 appointment threatened to split the church, said the change should be "celebrated".

  • 21st September 2011

    Tasmanian parliament backs gay marriage 17

    Tasmania's decision puts pressure on federal Labor

    10:22 AM — The Tasmanian parliament's House of Assembly has backed gay marriage, putting pressure on the federal Labor government to follow suit. This is the first time a house in any Australian parliament has voted in favour of marriage equality. Tasmania only voted to legalise homosexuality in 1997.

  • 19th September 2011

    Labour says it will pressure government for gay marriage 36

    A consultation will begin next March

    4:20 PM — Labour says it will pressure the coalition government to ensure that marriage equality is enacted. Shadow equalities minister Yvette Cooper responded to the announcement of a March 2012 consultation on how the change can be implemented.

  • 14th September 2011

    John Barrowman criticises church over gay marriage attacks 68

    John Barrowman said church groups were hypocritical

    1:09 PM — John Barrowman says he's horrified at the Scottish Catholic Church's comments on gay marriage proposals. The Glasgow-born actor, who is in a civil partnership, accused church leaders of "evil", hypocrisy and potentially ruining people's lives.

  • 13th September 2011

    Lib Dems urge Scottish government not to give in to gay marriage threats 21

    Willie Rennie said the government should do what is "right and fair"

    12:07 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the government not to be swayed by Catholic threats over gay marriage. While the SNP government says it is inclined to back marriage equality, Catholic leaders say it will lose the support of 800,000 Catholics if it presses ahead with the proposals.

  • North Carolina House approves referendum on gay marriage ban 10

    North Carolina is seeking to ban gay marriage

    10:33 AM — North Carolina's House of Representatives have approved a measure for a voter referendum on a gay marriage ban. Although the US state does not currently recognise gay marriage, Republicans are seeking a constitutional ban on the practice, which would prevent courts from ruling for marriage equality.

  • 12th September 2011

    Scottish Catholic Church steps up attack on gay marriage 127

    The Scottish government is minded towards marriage equality

    12:35 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has intensified its attacks on proposals to give gay couples the right to marry. Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia, who is expected to become the next Archbishop of Glasgow when Mario Conti steps down, said marriage equality would be "an act of cultural vandalism".

  • 9th September 2011

    Archbishop of Glasgow hits out at ‘foolish’ gay marriage supporters 87

    Archbishop Conti said gay marriage would be 'meaningless'

    10:15 AM — Another Scottish Catholic leader has attacked proposals to bring marriage equality to the country. Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said that allowing gay marriage would be "foolish" and render marriage "meaningless".

  • 8th September 2011

    Maryland Governor: Gay marriage is possible but it will be a long fight 6

    The governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley supports gay marriage

    12:05 PM — The governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley as well as the lieutenant governor,  Anthony Brown, have warned that it will be a long fight to win full gay marriage rights with the same legal status as straight married couples but that it is achievable.

  • Scottish Catholic leader attacks gay marriage 102

    Cardinal O'Brien said the plans would be 'strenuously opposed'.

    10:34 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has accused marriage equality campaigners of trying to "rewrite nature". In a strongly-worded attack on same-sex marriage, he said the plans would be "strenuously opposed".

  • 7th September 2011

    Video: ‘Rory’s story’ shows inequalities of civil partnerships in Ireland 16

    The video says civil partnerships are not enough (Photo: ILGA-Europe)

    1:26 PM — A short video clip about a boy and his two mothers shows the consequences of 'discriminatory' civil partnerships in Ireland. Made by Marriage Equality Ireland, the clip, titled 'Rory's Story', shows the family as happy and accepted until the day the law classes them as strangers.

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