5th July 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backs religious marriages for gay couples 63
1:03 PM — The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has become the most senior figure in the government to voice personal support for religious gay marriage rights today.
29th June 2012
London: School suspends Sunday church group over ‘homosexual offenders’ leaflet 58
11:52 AM — Three church groups have been suspended from using a school in East London on Sunday mornings after leaflets referring to 'homosexual offenders' were put through the doors of local houses.
Australia: 40 percent of gay couples identify as Christian 27
10:52 AM — According to 2011 census figures, 40 percent of gay couples in Australia identify themselves as Christians, compared with two-thirds of straight couples.
27th June 2012
Archbishop of Canterbury ‘frustrated’ by Christian ‘disgust’ over equal marriage 100
11:30 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has spoken of 'frustration' at those Christians whose feelings of 'embarrassment, shame and disgust' over equal marriage rights for gay couples send out 'unwelcome' messages.
26th June 2012
Church of England ‘threatens to obstruct democracy’ with equal marriage opposition 47
1:15 PM — A legal opinion commissioned by the National Secular Society says the Church of England's response to the government's public consultation on marriage equality 'confuses the issues'.
22nd June 2012
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.
Michael Gove: Catholic Education Service ‘blurred’ line between faith and politics with anti-gay marriage petition in schools 36
5:52 PM — The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has prompted confusion by criticising the Catholic Education Service for 'unintentionally blurring' the line between faith and the illegal promotion of political views by suggesting schools direct pupils to an anti-gay marriage petition, while determining that a school which followed that suggestion acted legally.
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.
Andrew Mitchell: Most pensioners support equal marriage plans when properly explained 26
12:11 PM — The International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has said that a slim majority of over-65s, the group most opposed to the government's plans to legalise gay civil marriages, are actually in favour of the move when it is properly explained.
20th June 2012
Chief Rabbi’s opposition to marriage equality and civil partnerships ‘regrettable’ 22
12:37 PM — The Chief Rabbi's response to the government's public consultation on marriage equality, in which both marriage for gay couples and civil partnerships were opposed, has been described as 'regrettable' by Liberal Judaism.
Mormons say equal marriage would have ‘negative implications’ for UK 80
11:47 AM — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a response to the government's public consultation on how to introduce marriage equality, saying gay couples should be excluded for the "good of society" and warning that the move will have "negative implications for the nation, both legal and social".
19th June 2012
Bulgaria: Church asked to repudiate priest’s call to ‘throw stones’ at Pride 29
3:16 PM — Pride organisers in the Bulgarian capital have clashed with the Orthodox Church over what event organisers see as tacit support for violence against marchers.
18th June 2012
Comment: Opposing gay state marriages while accepting straight ones is repugnant, and it does faiths no good 64
6:15 PM — Jane Fae asks, if our Churches already sanction straight civil marriages, how can they legitimately get so het up about gay ones?
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
13th June 2012
Possibility of gay religious weddings welcomed 15
4:29 PM — The possibility of gay couples being allowed to marry in religious weddings has been welcomed following prisons minister Crispin Blunt's suggestion that a blanket bar could be 'problematic legally' and support for religious ceremonies by David Cameron's Parliamentary private secretary.
12th June 2012
Church of England: Marriage equality proposals ‘legally and conceptually flawed’ 128
11:44 AM — The Church of England has said allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies will "dilute the meaning of marriage for everyone" and put its role performing marriages on behalf of the state in jeopardy.
5th June 2012
Reform Jewish Rabbi welcomes Conservative equal marriage progress 1
2:58 PM — A senior US Reform rabbi has welcomed progress from the Conservative faction of American Judaism after it approved guidelines for performing same-sex weddings last week.
1st June 2012
Typo blamed after Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says faiths ‘will be able to marry gays’ 16
1:10 PM — The office of Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has blamed a typographical error for messages he sent to constituents which appear to say religious institutions will be allowed to marry gay couples under government plans.
Sheriff not aware of death threats against pastor after ‘no homos in heaven’ song 32
10:23 AM — A local sheriff has said he is unaware of the death threats reportedly received by a pastor who oversaw a child singing a song with the words 'Ain't no homo going to make it to heaven'.