11th March 2012
UK Equality Minister: Church’s opposition to same sex marriage is ‘Dark Age’ homophobia 73
9:00 AM — Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat minister for equality has said that the language the Church of England and the Catholic Church have used is homophobic and that the views that the leaders are expressing belong in the Dark Ages.
10th March 2012
Polls: More support gay couples marrying in the UK than oppose 64
9:53 PM — An ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph and a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times have found more people are in favour of changing the law to allow gay couples to marry than are opposed.
9th March 2012
Pope: Straight marriage must be ‘defended from misrepresentation’ 116
2:26 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has told an audience of bishops in the US marriage between men and women must be 'promoted and defended'.
The Times keeps up attack on equal marriage opponents 36
1:20 PM — After officially backing equal marriage rights for gays this week, The Times has published a comment piece today on benefits of such a move, gently cajoling opponents for the quality of their arguments.
Catholic Diocese drops homeless funding over director’s gay marriage views 56
12:27 PM — A Catholic Diocese in California has dropped the funding it gives a homelessness charity citing the new director's views on abortion and equal marriage rights for gays.
Comment: Gay marriage slurs will not keep us from equality 32
11:41 AM — Sarah Ludford MEP writes that the "very fact that those opposed to same-sex marriage cannot have a reasoned debate about the issue just proves that they are bereft of any real arguments".
Analysis: Did the Catholic Voices poll show a Britain opposed to gay marriage? Not really 55
11:07 AM — Can it be right that 70 percent of Britons oppose equal marriage, Edmund Broch asks, or would a single four-letter word missing from that question have changed the result?
8th March 2012
Daily Mail columnist: ‘Church’s opposition to gays marrying shows its irrelevance’ 70
5:26 PM — A columnist for The Daily Mail has published a blistering attack on the Church of England and the Catholic Church for arguing against same sex civil marriage. Former UKIP candidate Abjijit Pandya says “fear and disgust towards homosexuals” is “the last great prejudice of our times.” The newspaper is more usually associated with the columnist Melanie Phillips, named Stonewall's Bigot of 2011.
New Dean of St Paul’s says Church should welcome gay marriage 29
11:54 AM — The new Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London has called on the Church of England to embrace gay couples who wish to marry, calling marriage the 'best pattern for how to flourish [...] gay or straight'.
Poll: 70 percent of Britons oppose equal marriage 146
11:12 AM — A ComRes poll commissioned by Catholic Voices has found that 70 percent of two thousand people agreed marriage should only be available to a man and a woman.
Editorial: The Times now for all to show their hand on marriage equality 76
10:41 AM — On Monday, The Times published an editorial calling for the introduction of gay marriage. PinkNews.co.uk believes our papers, politicians and faiths should now show their hand on marriage equality.
7th March 2012
UKIP: Marriage belongs to religion, not government 110
10:53 AM — UKIP has accused the government of 'picking a fight' with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage saying the issue is 'in the domain of the church and other faiths'.
Reform Judaism backs gay marriage 29
10:08 AM — The Movement for Reform Judaism has officially backed gay marriages in a week in which church leaders have renewed their opposition to marriage equality for gays.
6th March 2012
Catholics will be told of their ‘duty to oppose gay marriage’ at Mass this weekend 230
10:08 AM — In a letter to be read to congregations at Mass this weekend, two senior Archbishops in the Catholic Church tell followers they have a 'duty' to 'ensure' gays should not be allowed to marry even in civil ceremonies.
5th March 2012
Comment: The Coalition For Marriage – a creeping rhizome of religious extremism 143
5:14 PM — There is nothing 'grass roots' about the Coalition for Marriage, Adrian Tippetts argues, it's a who’s who of the UK religious right determined to creep into government, law, education and media.
Ed Miliband signs marriage equality pledge 21
3:00 PM — Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband has backed the Scottish Equal Marriage campaign to lift the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnership.
George Takei to counsel Trump at gay marriage lunch 14
11:43 AM — George Takei will tackle Donald Trump's views on gay marriage over a lunch, the Star Trek actor has said.
The Times backs gay marriage 59
11:03 AM — An editorial in The Times today says the paper is in favour of gay marriage and that "far from damaging marriage, expanding it to same-sex couples shores it up".
4th March 2012
UK Catholic cardinal: Gay marriage is ‘a grotesque madness proposed by a disingenuous government’ 178
12:31 PM — Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the most senior Catholic in Scotland, Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, has said that gay marriage is a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right".
1st March 2012
YouTube to broadcast Proposition 8 play live 11
5:15 PM — YouTube has announced it will broadcast the star-studded LA reading of Duston Lance Black's Proposition 8 play this weekend.