9th July 2012
Archbishop of Canterbury questions mandate for equal marriage rights 71
9:52 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has questioned the government's mandate for the introduction of equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
8th July 2012
Scotland: Catholic Church declares ‘war on gay marriage’ 215
6:55 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK has declared “war on gay marriage” pledging to spend another £100,000 in its campaign against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Scotland.
5th July 2012
Scotland: Former first minister backs marriage for gay couples 18
2:23 PM — Scotland’s former First Minister, Jack McConnell, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation which would allow gay couples to marry.
4th July 2012
Northern Ireland: Public meeting on equal marriage in Belfast tomorrow 7
4:27 PM — A free public conference will be held tomorrow evening in Belfast to unite supporters of equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland into a new campaigning group.
Updated: Scottish government has not delayed marriage equality decision 47
2:13 PM — The Scottish government had erroneously stated earlier today it would announce its decision on same-sex marriage in August, leaving gay rights groups further disappointed by delays. The government has now confirmed a decision will be announced in July. Please see the update in the story.
3rd July 2012
Sir Derek Jacobi: Equal marriage debate a ‘squabble over nothing’ 104
12:40 PM — Legendary stage actor Derek Jacobi said he views the debate over equal marriage rights for gay couples as a 'squabble over nothing'.
2nd July 2012
Facebook updates marriage icons for gay couples 8
5:34 PM — Facebook has updated the icons used to signify key events on the profile timelines of users to include gay couples' weddings.
1st July 2012
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Gay marriage is the civil rights issue of this generation’ 15
6:41 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore, has told Dublin Pride that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples the same rights to marry as opposite sex couples.
28th June 2012
Video: Policing minister Nick Herbert says difference between civil partnership and marriage ‘matters’ 20
1:21 PM — Nick Herbert, the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, has become the latest member of the government to join the Out4Marriage campaign to support efforts to legalise gay marriages.
27th June 2012
Scottish government to reveal marriage decision in two weeks 67
4:58 PM — The Scottish government has confirmed it will announce its decision on whether or not to legalise gay marriages on 10 July.
Former Will and Grace stars ‘pray for a gay child’ 28
12:03 PM — Eric McCormack and Debra Messing, stars of the ground-breaking sitcom Will and Grace have joked that they now pray their children will grow up gay.
26th June 2012
Scotland could learn from California’s experience on equal marriage, state governor says 43
5:04 PM — The Governor of California has reportedly called on Scotland to lead on marriage equality legislation and to benefit from the experiences of California.
25th June 2012
Lord Tebbit: If gays can marry people of the opposite sex, there is no marriage inequality 110
5:21 PM — Former Conservative party chairman Lord Tebbit has said if gay people are able to marry members of the opposite sex there is no marriage inequality and has repeated his call to allow siblings to become civil partners.
Proposition 8 trial witness to stop opposing marriage for gay couples 22
4:10 PM — David Blankenhorn, founder the Institute for American Values and a witness at the trial of the ballot which led to California's gay marriage ban says he will no longer fight against marriage rights for gay couples.
Bishop: Church’s equal marriage views may not reflect even a ‘sizeable minority’ of members 35
12:29 PM — Two bishops in the Church of England have spoken out publicly against the faith's public opposition to marriage equality for gay couples, with one describing a "sea change" in opinion within the Church.
22nd June 2012
Poll: Obama’s equal marriage support not moving divided public 5
5:33 PM — US President Barack Obama's recent declaration in favour of marriage equality for gay couples has not tipped public opinion towards or against the move or his handling of the issues, a recent poll shows.
Denmark: Newspaper editor refuses to write about gay marriage laws 34
12:14 PM — A Danish newspaper editor said he would refuse to include any news about the country's recently-implemented equal marriage laws.
21st June 2012
Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question 6
6:47 PM — Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.
Southern Baptists opposed to viewing equal marriage as a civil rights issue 26
3:47 PM — The US Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a resolution at its annual conference criticising marriage equality advocates who have adopted the 'rhetoric of the civil rights movement' and drawn comparisons between discrimination against gay couples and racism.
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples 22
2:58 PM — Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.