4th April 2012
Secularists say David Cameron’s marriage comments may signal ‘betrayal’ 177
10:36 AM — The National Secular Society said a part of Mr Cameron's speech which referred to what will happen if civil marriage equality for gay couples "doesn't go ahead" prompted fears the government may give in to "bullying" by religious bodies.
3rd April 2012
Exclusive: Regulator to assess claim Coalition for Marriage ad ‘misleads’ readers 96
2:20 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority will assess complaints received about a Coalition for Marriage advert which claims 70 percent of Britons do not want gay people to be allowed to marry.
Stonewall funds 1000 London bus adverts for equal marriage 101
9:53 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced a thousand London buses will carry its equality message in April during the government's consultation on how to implement marriage for gay couples.
2nd April 2012
Attitude’s eighteenth birthday issue calls for equal marriage 38
1:05 PM — Attitude magazine is celebrating its eighteenth birthday with a call for equal marriage rights for gay couples.
29th March 2012
Tory MEP begs David Cameron not to contintue his ‘bizarre attempt to redefine marriage’ 90
9:04 AM — The Conservative MEP for South West England and Gibraltar has written to his party leader and prime minister, David Cameron, to complain about the Government's proposals to introduce civil marriage equality.
27th March 2012
Editorial: Should we ditch the term ‘gay marriage’? 120
3:13 PM — Given the current relentless focus on the UK Government's proposals for civil marriage equality, we are currently holding our own review into the use of the term 'gay marriage'.
23rd March 2012
37,000 sign petition to thank Starbucks for equal marriage support 19
4:32 PM — More than 37,000 people have signed a petition to thank coffee giant Starbucks for its equal marriage support after marriage opponents called for an international boycott.
Gay Sikhs invite Lord Singh to WorldPride after marriage ‘attack’ comment 25
3:33 PM — A group for gay and transgender Sikhs in the UK has written to the prime minister and Lord Singh to protest the latter's comments about equal marriage being a 'secular attack' on religion and to invite him to WorldPride.
Catholic Archbishop ‘invites 80 MPs’ for equal marriage talks 76
12:44 PM — More than eighty MPs have reportedly been invited to meet the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark to discuss the equal gay marriage proposals being publicly consulted on by the government.
Kent MP: If gays marry, will Shakespeare be in danger? 168
10:55 AM — A twice-divorced Kent MP has questioned whether allowing gay couples to marry will result in Shakespeare being rewritten to redact gender-specific words like 'husband' and 'wife'.
Public invited to equal marriage forums over coming month 87
9:50 AM — Members of the public are being invited to consultation events around England over the next month to discuss how best to introduce equal marriage rights.
22nd March 2012
Northern Ireland Attorney General: Ban on gay adoption will remain 37
5:43 PM — There are no plans to retract the ban on gay and unmarried couples from adopting children in Northern Ireland, the country’s Attorney General has said.
Equal marriage opponents call for Starbucks boycott 31
4:38 PM — A US organisation opposed to marriage equality is calling on people around the world to boycott Starbucks over its support of equal marriage rights for gays.
Comment: Britain must stop fudging its way to equality and let religions marry gay couples 35
2:56 PM — Following the launch of the government's public consultation on how to implement equal civil marriage rights, Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism, says religious ceremonies must be included in the final result.
Muslim preacher who said gays should be ‘treated’ barred from University talk 50
1:20 PM — A Muslim preacher who said homosexuality was 'unnatural' and gays needed to be 'treated' has been barred from speaking at an event for the Islamic Society at the University of Hertfordshire today.
21st March 2012
New Hampshire House votes to retain equal marriage for gay couples 68
9:27 PM — An attempt to overturn New Hampshire’s legislation to allow equal marriage has failed by 133 votes against equal marriage to 202 to retain equality for gay and straight couples. New Hampshire’s equal marriage law has been under attack since it came into effect in 2010 and progress on a repeal bill was delayed from early last year to this month.
Jacqui Smith ‘happy’ to see civil partnerships make way for equal marriage 52
10:55 AM — Jacqui Smith, who was deputy minister for women and equalities when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.
20th March 2012
Former US president Jimmy Carter backs ‘very fine’ equal marriages for gays 44
3:54 PM — Former President Jimmy Carter has said gay people should be allowed to marry in civil ceremonies, as 'Jesus never said a word about homosexuality'.
Stonewall calls for ‘calm voice of gays’ in equal marriage consultation 94
3:19 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its response to the government consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples in England and Wales, saying civil partnerships have not been 'sufficient to diminish the remaining prejudice against gay people'.
Muslim Council of Britain: Marriage equality for gays ‘unnecessary and unhelpful’ 173
1:05 PM — The Muslim Council of Britain has backed opposition to marriage equality for gays, calling equality an 'unnecessary and unhelpful' exercise.