25th May 2012
Video: Jack Straw backs Home Secretary Theresa May by coming @Out4Marriage 13
12:30 PM — The former Labour Home, Justice and Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has become the latest senior politician to join the cross party Out4Marriage campaign for gay couples to be allowed to marry. Yesterday, Home Secretary Theresa May recorded an Out4Marriage video where she made clear her personal commitment for gay couples to be allowed to marry.
24th May 2012
Editorial: Thanks Home Secretary for coming @Out4Marriage, now come out for religious same-sex marriage! 50
11:54 PM — Today Theresa May joined her Liberal Democrat colleague Lynne Featherstone and her Labour opposite number Yvette Cooper in backing the Out4Marriage campaign. And she couldn't have chosen a more significant day to do so.
19th May 2012
50 Cent is 100% for gay marriage but not gay men that touch ‘your little buns’ in elevators 101
4:03 PM — The rapper 50 Cent has told a magazine that he is backing President Barack Obama's personal support of equal marriage for same sex couples, but argues that organisations should be created to protect the rights of heterosexual men, who might be at risk of gay men touching them up in an elevator.
Comment: Trans people need equality to get our marriages, confiscated by the state back 55
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat councillor Sarah Brown explains from the perspective of a transgendered person why she's supporting the Out4Marriage campaign. The current unfair and discriminating system of opposite sex marriages and same sex civil partnerships has meant that she and her wife were forced to surrender their marriage and instead consider themselves 'civil partners'.
18th May 2012
French prime minister promises to implement equal marriage and adoption rights for gays 61
2:20 PM — The new French prime minister has announced a commitment to implement new president François Hollande's pledge to equalise the laws on marriage for gay and straight couples.
Tasmania: 250 attend vigil at ‘Excellent Marriage’ anti-gay marriage conference 10
12:52 PM — 250 people attended a vigil outside an anti-marriage equality conference in Tasmania last night as it was revealed the winning video message in a conference competition to define 'excellent marriage' was from a gay man.
Video: Sir Richard Branson comes @Out4Marriage – ‘The law should treat everyone the same, straight or gay’ 70
10:25 AM — The founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, has become the most high profile figure so far to film a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, which calls for global equal marriage for gay couples.
17th May 2012
Angela Eagle MP: Gay couples will be in limbo until equal marriage laws are announced 30
2:57 PM — Angela Eagle, the first female MP to enter a civil partnership, has called on the government to introduce marriage equality legislation and take gay couples out of 'limbo'.
Dr John Sentamu: Meeting ‘emotional needs’ of gay couples through civil marriage is a ‘misuse of the state’ 265
11:30 AM — The Archbishop of York has said that while allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies may meet their 'emotional needs', if they are not experiencing legal discrimination it would be a 'misuse of the state'.
Green leader Caroline Lucas calls for ‘legislation not consultation’ in her @Out4Marriage video 9
10:21 AM — Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and the leader of the Green Party has become the first party leader to publish their Out4Marriage video. Ms Lucas called on the Government to "legislate not consulate" and echoed calls made yesterday by the Labour MEP Peter Cashman for straight couples to be allowed to have civil partnerships should they wish
Tory MP who called gay marriage ‘completely nuts’ ejected from two Parliamentary committees 44
9:51 AM — Peter Bone, one of the most outspoken Conservative party critics of the Government's plans for same sex marriage equality, has lost his place on two influential House of Commons committees.
16th May 2012
Ex-EastEnders star and Stonewall founder Michael Cashman first MEP to come @Out4Marriage 10
8:59 PM — Michael Cashman has become the first member of the European Parliament to join the Out4Marriage campaign. The former star of British soap opera EastEnders says that equality should also mean that straight couples should be entitled to hold civil partnerships should they wish, something that the Government is not currently proposing.
Israeli parliament rejects gay and inter-faith civil marriage bill 68
6:00 PM — Legislation for the option of civil marriage for Israeli citizens who cannot be wed via religious institutions, including same-sex marriage and marriages between members of different faiths, like Muslims and Jews, was rejected by the Israel parliament, or Knesset.
ASA responds to claim it ‘persecuted’ religious blog in investigating anti-gay marriage ad 238
3:19 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has responded to claims by a religious blogger that correspondence it sent him requesting he comply with an investigation into a Coalition for Marriage advert amounted to 'persecution'.
15th May 2012
Will Smith comes out for marriage for gay couples to support Obama 51
8:15 PM — Men in Black 3 star Will Smith has said that the debate about wether gay couples can marry is all about “about semantics."
Video: US rapper and producer Jay-Z supports gay couples marrying 22
5:21 PM — Rapper Jay-Z has backed US President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he supported equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
Letter: LGBT media urge responses to ‘historic’ equal marriage consultation 32
11:11 AM — The UK's leading LGBT media outlets have issued a joint statement today calling on readers to respond to the government’s consultation on how to introduce civil marriage equality between gay and straight couples in England and Wales.
Obama: Extending marriage to gay couples will ‘strengthen families’ 48
12:19 AM — President Barack Obama has continued to speak out in favour of equal marriage while attending a celebrity laden fund-raiser in New York. After being introduced by openly gay star Ricky Martin, President Obama said: that all people are "equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect."
14th May 2012
One month remains for government consultation on marriage equality 4
5:30 PM — A month remains until the close of the government's consultation on how to implement civil marriage equality for gay and straight couples.
MPs declaring early support for equal marriage outnumber opponents three to one 6
2:09 PM — Of the members of Parliament to have made early public statements on marriage equality, those who are likely in principle to vote for the government's proposals to allow gay couples to marry outnumber opponents three to one.