1st March 2012
MP brands equal marriage rights for gays ‘completely nuts’ 73
2:51 PM — The MP for Wellingborough in Northamptonshire has suggested the Church of England reply to the government's consultation on equal marriage on the basis that it is 'completely nuts'.
29th February 2012
Poll: Gay marriage support rises to 59% in California 9
5:17 PM — Results of a poll issued today indicate support for allowing gay marriages again in California has risen to 59%.
Ann Widdecombe calls for gay marriage referendum 156
4:11 PM — Ann Widdecombe has called for a referendum on equal marriage rights for gays, believing such a measure would fail.
Archbishop of Canterbury: Changing culture with gay marriage laws would be wrong 166
10:19 AM — Dr Williams told an audience in Geneva that laws should restrict discrimination against gays and other minorities but should not be used to actively 'promote change' within a culture on issues like marriage.
24th February 2012
Petition secures second public vote on gay marriage in Maine 36
3:42 PM — Citizens of Maine will be asked to vote in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples after a petition by marriage equality advocates secured enough signatures for a second public referendum.
Interview: Darren Hayes on marriage, children and the mid-life crisis that shaped his new album 8
10:05 AM — Laurence Watts talks to Darren Hayes about music, Star Wars auditions and marrying his high school girlfriend before the realisation he was gay changed his life.
23rd February 2012
Poll finds Irish support for gay marriage at 73% 60
3:29 PM — Equal marriage advocates have welcomed a poll which puts public support for allowing gay couples to marry at 73%.
First ten members of US Congress pose for NOH8 21
9:58 AM — Ten Democratic members of Congress have posed for the NOH8 campaign this week, the first elected national representatives to do so.
22nd February 2012
David Burrowes ‘faced death threat’ over equal marriage opposition 98
4:19 PM — Conservative David Burrowes is among a number of MPs backing the new Coalition for Marriage petition to opposite marriage equality for gay couples, but says he has received a death threat as a result of his views.
Australian Labor Party ejects anti-gay ‘extremist’, 19 44
2:26 PM — The Australian Labor Party has ejected a 19-year-old Queensland candidate from the party, dubbing him an 'extremist' for comments he made online about gays.
21st February 2012
Comment: Gay marriage will make us a beacon of equality 88
12:59 PM — Ken Livingstone writes that opposition to equal marriage is "a reminder that the battle for LGBT equality is not over".
20th February 2012
Comment: The Coalition for Marriage stands for homophobic discrimination 99
10:49 AM — Coalition members are entitled to believe that same-sex marriages are wrong, but they are not entitled to demand that their opposition to such marriages should be imposed on the rest of society and enforced by law, Peter Tatchell argues.
Lord Carey: Equal marriage is ‘one of the greatest political power grabs in history’ 210
10:10 AM — A former Archbishop of Canterbury has railed against the prime minister's support of equal marriage rights for gay couples, calling it undemocratic and 'one of the greatest political power grabs in history'.
18th February 2012
Maryland House of Delegates approves gay marriage bill 37
1:44 AM — The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage that is widely expected to be passed by the state senate and already has the support of the governor Martin O'Malley.
17th February 2012
Canada expected to fill gay marriage ‘gap’ today 21
4:24 PM — Canada is expected to announce changes to its Civil Marriage Act today which will stem fears about the validity of gay marriages between couples who could wed in Canada but not their home countries.
14th February 2012
Gay marriage events mark Valentine’s Day around the world 2
1:03 PM — Valentine's Day is being marked around the world with a series of rallies and campaigns backing equal marriage rights and personal freedoms for gays.
UK study: 61% of Christians back equal rights for gay couples 142
12:10 PM — Results of a poll released today say 61% of UK Christians back fully equal rights for gay couples. Three quarters of Christians thought religion should not have a special influence on public life.
13th February 2012
New Jersey Senate approves gay marriage but Governor will veto 24
6:46 PM — The state senate in New Jersey has voted in favour of giving equal marriage rights to gay couples. Governor Chris Christie has said he will veto the bill if it passes both houses in favour of a referendum.
8th February 2012
Washington House of Representatives votes for gay marriage 19
11:48 PM — Washington state's House of Representatives has passed a bill to introduce gay marriage by 55 votes to 43. The state's senate has already approved the measure which is also supported by the state governor.
7th February 2012
Appeals court rules California’s gay marriage ban breaks US constitution 18
11:02 PM — California's voter initiated ban on gay marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a US federal court, upholding a decision by a judge to lift the ban in 2010.