21st March 2012
Liberal Democrat president speaks out on religious charity’s internship scheme 54
1:38 PM — Liberal Democrats president Tim Farron spoke out in defence of the internship scheme funded by religious charity CARE this week, saying it provides valuable access to Parliament for young people, but his office will look into indications gay MPs have not been allowed to participate.
20th March 2012
Muslim Council of Britain: Marriage equality for gays ‘unnecessary and unhelpful’ 173
1:05 PM — The Muslim Council of Britain has backed opposition to marriage equality for gays, calling equality an 'unnecessary and unhelpful' exercise.
19th March 2012
Peter Tatchell named Secularist of the Year 19
11:45 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was named the Secularist of the Year 2012 by the National Secular Society this weekend.
16th March 2012
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.
14th March 2012
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.
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.
13th March 2012
God Hates Fags church protests Radiohead gig 30
11:03 AM — The infamous Westboro Baptist Church picketed a Radiohead concert in Kansas City yesterday with trademark placards reading 'God Hates Fags' and others questioning the band's song-writing abilities. Radiohead's producer said it was the 'highlight of the tour so far'.
Gay dean: Church of England’s relationship with gays is ‘a disaster’ 51
9:48 AM — Dr Jeffrey John, who has twice lost out on a post as bishop because of his public homosexuality, says his denomination has become the 'last refuge of prejudice' and is treating gay relationships as 'inferior' to straight ones.
9th March 2012
Video: Proud Mary spoof aims to set Margaret Court straight 6
5:57 PM — It has been some time since former tennis champion Margaret Court's last controversial statement on homosexuality, but this new Court-inspired take on Tina Turner's Proud Mary deserves a mention purely for its comedic value.
Catholic paper ‘expects government to bow to public pressure’ on equal marriage consultation 102
4:55 PM — A Catholic newspaper has claimed the government is 'expected to bow to public pressure' and include in its upcoming consultation on marriage equality a question on whether such marriages should be legalised at all.
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
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'.
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.
‘Milestone’ LGBT discussion at UN Human Rights Council welcomed despite walkout 29
9:55 AM — The UN Human Rights Council's panel discussion on ending discrimination and violence against people on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity has been welcomed despite a walkout by some Islamic states.
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
Soho Catholics celebrate fifth anniversary of gay Masses 37
1:17 PM — The fifth anniversary of the Soho Masses, the Diocese of Westminster's provision for gay, bi and trans Catholics in London was celebrated with a "packed" ceremony at the weekend.