14th May 2012
Church of Ireland Synod: Gay relationships cannot be ‘normative’ 68
10:37 AM — The General Synod of the Church of Ireland has passed a motion confirming its opposition to the recognition of gay marriages and describing straight unions as the only 'normative' context for a sexual relationship.
13th May 2012
Tory ministers Philip Hammond and Tim Loughton come out against equal marriage for gay couples 88
12:07 PM — Two senior Conservative ministers have come out against prime minister David Cameron's plans to introduce equal marriage for same sex and opposite sex couples. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the plans were "too controversial" while Families Minister Tim Loughton told a constituent that marriage must only be between a "man and a woman".
11th May 2012
Comment: Barack Obama joins an unstoppable global trend towards equality 13
5:13 PM — President Obama has, at last, moved with the flow of history and an unstoppable global trend towards equality, writes Peter Tatchell.
Comment: A U-turn on equal marriage would set the Tories back years 34
3:32 PM — Matthew Todd writes that he has watched the Conservative party’s evolution with nervous optimism and that if those MPs now speaking out against marriage equality have their way, the 'dark and divisive' instincts of Conservatism will be revealed to a new generation.
David Walliams, Stephen Fry and The Saturdays come @Out4Marriage 13
3:17 PM — Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and The Saturdays have already pledged their support of introducing equal marriage in the UK.
New Zealand prime minister ‘not opposed’ to marriage for gay couples 20
12:40 PM — New Zealand's prime minister has said he is 'not personally opposed' to allowing gay couples to marry, but added that it was not part of the government's legislative programme.
10th May 2012
British girl band The Saturdays first musicians to come @Out4Marriage 11
5:47 PM — British girl group The Saturdays have lent their support to the Out4Marriage campaign and urged the public to get on board and support marriage equality for gay and straight couples.
Petition aims to send 100,000-person ‘thank you’ to Barack Obama for equal marriage support 13
4:23 PM — A petition has been launched by AllOut.org to deliver a thank-you card to US President Barack Obama for his support for marriage equality for gay couples.
Video: Religious figures among those announcing they are @Out4Marriage 40
1:40 PM — Religious figures are among those joining the new video campaign for marriage equality, Out4Marriage.
9th May 2012
Marriage equality ‘could make Scotland a progressive beacon’ following Queen’s Speech, campaign says 43
5:08 PM — With equal marriage laws absent from the Westminster government's legislative agenda for the coming year, Scottish campaigners say Holyrood is in a position to become a 'beacon' of equality by introducing the laws first.
Tory MP issues fresh polygamy warning over marriage equality for gays 312
4:11 PM — A Conservative MP for Yorkshire has issued a fresh warning that polygamy could be the result of marriage equality for gays.
North Carolina voters pass Amendment One to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships 211
2:40 AM — Voters in North Carolina have approved Amendment One, which introduces a constitutional ban on gay marriages and outlaws even civil unions. The amendment reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
Poll suggests gay voters feel more favourable towards Tories after Cameron’s marriage promises 29
1:04 AM — According to the PinkNews.co.uk voters panel, an invited group of readers representing the LGBT population, LGBT people feel more favourably towards the Conservative Party following the pledge by prime minister David Cameron to introduce marriage equality, although they might not necessarily vote for him. Panel members also felt that straight couples should be offered civil partnerships post marriage equality or the entire civil partnerships system should be abolished.
8th May 2012
Video: One British couple’s beautiful story of why they’re @Out4Marriage 28
10:44 PM — PinkNews.co.uk readers Adam Williams and James Swinburne were among the first couples to record an Out4Marriage video. Having supported the Coalition for Equal Marriage from its inception, they recorded a beautiful video this week to kick start the Out4Marriage campaign.
Video: PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen’s Grandparents come @Out4Marriage 19
10:15 PM — PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen's Grandparents say "We think the law should be changed so to allow gays or straights to be married with the same rights as a straight couple" as they come Out4Marriage.
Shadow home secretary: ‘Ludicrous’ to blame equal marriage plans for Tory losses 113
1:48 PM — Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has said it is 'utterly ludicrous' to blame the Coalition government's plans to allow gay couples an equal right to civil marriage for the Conservative party's losses at local elections last week.
Wrestler apologises for telling man ‘sickened’ by gays to kill himself 75
10:01 AM — US wrestling champion CM Punk has apologised after telling a Twitter user who was 'sickened' by the idea of homosexuality to kill himself.
6th May 2012
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘I’ve never met a gay couple that wants to marry, so bin the policy’ 313
4:07 PM — Following a tirade against the prime minister in the Daily Mail, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has stuck the boot into his pledge to introduce equal civil marriage for gay couples before the next election. She suggests that most gay people don't support changing the law.
Video: US Vice President Joe Biden supports marriage for gay couples 35
3:37 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has told 'Meet the Press' that he "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying. He credits the television programme Will and Grace on evolving many American's attitudes to homosexuality.
3rd May 2012
Pastor who suggested punching gay sons ‘sorry for offence but not for word of God’ 44
12:53 PM — A pastor in North Carolina has apologised for causing 'unintentional offence' by telling a congregation at the weekend they should 'crack the wrist' of an effeminate son, but said he was not sorry for church teaching on 'sexual immorality'.