16th March 2012
Comment: Gays, God, marriage and the politics of polling 21
8:00 PM — Balaji Ravichandran on how the debate on same sex marriage in the UK has been skewed by the politics of the polling and how it reminds him a little of Yes Minister.
Comment: Equal marriage plans must include religion, writes Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper 209
4:40 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says the Government's plans for marriage equality must go further if they are to respect religious freedom and tackle discrimination.
Analysis: Rowan Williams’ time as Archbishop of Canterbury and his views on LGBT rights 93
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will be standing down from his position in December of this year, prompting speculation over his replacement and how his views on marriage for gays may change.
Daily Mail: Ministers ‘viciously bullying’ Church over marriage equality 114
1:10 PM — The Daily Mail has published an editorial today questioning whether there is real public demand for allowing gay couples to marry.
Second MP pulls out of CARE internship scheme over charity’s ‘extreme views’ 26
11:46 AM — A second MP has pulled out of the Westminster internship scheme funded by the charity CARE as an online petition calling on others to pull out has reached 8,000 signatures.
Telegraph: Government ‘risks reigniting anti-gay bigotry’ with equal marriage 92
10:47 AM — The Telegraph has published an editorial saying the equal marriage proposals unveiled by the government yesterday 'risk reigniting anti-homosexual bigotry' and will have ‘profound ramifications’ for the Church of England.
Gay Tories challenge MP’s ‘no mandate for equal marriage’ claim 26
9:53 AM — Conservative group LGBTory has challenged the assertion by a party MP, who recently branded equal marriage 'completely nuts', that the government has no mandate to allow equal marriage rights for gays.
Video: The UK same sex civil marriage debate 69
12:23 AM — Channel 4 News has aired a debate between the Coalition for Marriage and the Coalition for Equal marriage on the Governemnt's plans to introduce same sex civil marriage.
15th March 2012
Poll: 65 percent of British agree gays should have equal right to marry 39
5:15 PM — The latest in a line of polls gauging public opinion on the proposed right of gay couples to marry in Britain has found two thirds of the public support it.
Comment: Gay marriage proposals are welcome but flawed 52
1:26 PM — Peter Tatchell says the government's consultation proposals today to allow civil marriage for gay couples but not religious ceremonies or straight civil partnerships are a welcome move but still discriminate and hinder religious freedom.
Religious groups welcome consultation on allowing gays to marry 20
12:43 PM — Spokespeople for Liberal Judaism, Quakers in Britain and the Unitarian and Free Christian Churches have welcomed the government's consultation on how to lift the ban on gay marriages in England and Wales.
Scottish anti-marriage equality group to launch ‘misleading’ poll ads today 30
11:25 AM — A 'misleading' poll question which asked voters to agree that gays 'should not be allowed to redefine marriage for everyone else' because they 'already have' civil partnerships will be used in publicity by equal marriage opponents in Scotland from today.
Government publishes proposals and opens consultation on same sex marriage 87
10:39 AM — The 12-week consultation on how to lift the ban on gay couples marrying in a civil ceremony in England and Wales has been launched by the government today.
14th March 2012
Home Secretary Theresa May: Government will introduce same sex marriage whatever the Church says 176
10:23 PM — Writing in The Times, the Home Secretary and cabinet Minister for Equality, Theresa May, argues that marriage should be for everyone regardless of their sexuality. She strongly dismisses claims by the Church of England to determine who should be able to marry.
Government to unveil consultation plans for equal marriage in England and Wales tomorrow 29
6:26 PM — Consultation plans for the UK government's introduction of civil marriage equality for gay couples are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.
Blogger publishes Archbishops’ anti-marriage equality letter ‘how it should have been’ 13
5:05 PM — A gay blogger in New York has rewritten the Archbishop of Westminster's letter to Catholics, which told them they had a "duty" to oppose equal civil marriage rights for gays, the way he believes it should have been.
European Parliament resolves to protect gay couples’ inheritance rights 6
4:10 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on member states to ensure gay couples inheritance rights are respect around the EU, though it will not be binding on the UK, Ireland or Denmark.
Comment: Catholic Archbishops misled the faithful on equal marriage plans 46
12:18 PM — Peter Tatchell writes that in their letter on a 'duty' to oppose marriage equality, Catholic Archbishops mislead the faithful - either deliberately or by careless omission.
Study says civil partnerships are ‘treated like parents’ marriages’ 26
10:20 AM — Authors of a study at the University of Manchester into how people regard civil partnerships say gay couples and their acquaintances see the relationship in the same way as their parents' marriages.
13th March 2012
Renamed Ben and Jerry’s flavour backs equal marriage in the UK 105
11:56 AM — Ice cream giant Ben and Jerry's has announced today it will be changing the name of one of its ice cream flavours in the UK in support of equal marriage rights for gays.