31st July 2012
United Reformed Church could be first on Jersey to host civil partnerships 2
1:41 PM — Jersey's United Reformed Church will vote in September whether to become the first church on the island to allow gay civil partnership ceremonies.
16th April 2012
Higher fees ‘prohibiting civil partnership ceremonies in religious buildings’ 76
3:05 PM — The fees religious premises must pay before they can hold civil partnerships have been called 'prohibitive', with churches, synagogues and mosques required to pay ten times more to host gay civil partnership ceremonies than they do to host straight weddings.
12th March 2012
Unitarian chapel in Manchester celebrates first civil partnership licence 14
11:09 AM — The Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester has received a licence from Manchester City Council to hold civil partnerships on its premises, believed to be the first of its kind in England and Wales.
29th January 2012
Archbishop of York compares David Cameron to a dictator over his support of gay marriage 335
11:47 AM — In a forthright interview with the Daily Telegraph, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has compared prime minister David Cameron to a dictator over his support of gay marriage.
2nd September 2011
Tory MP calls for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse gay couples 81
10:57 AM — Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples. He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples.
13th July 2011
Jersey allows religious civil partnerships 30
10:55 AM — Jersey has passed a law to allow civil partnerships - including giving gay couples the right to tie the knot in church if they - and religious organisations - wish.
20th May 2011
Gay MP says straight couples face discrimination over hymn Jerusalem 62
3:04 PM — The hymn Jerusalem risks becoming "reserved for homosexual couples", a gay MP has claimed. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, claimed that church policy means straight couples are increasingly being banned from using William Blake's famous hymn at their weddings because clergy deem it is "not addressed to God".
27th February 2011
Archbishop of Canterbury says Church will fight moves to introduce gay marriage 236
3:17 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has told a private meeting of influential MPs that he is not prepared to allow Church of England buildings to host religious civil partnerships.
20th February 2011
Preview: BBC investigates religious gay Muslim marriages being held in the UK and USA 22
11:26 AM — Less than a week after the government announced the process for religious civil partnerships, BBC Radio 5 Live are to broadcast an investigation into the growing numbers of gay Muslims seeking Islamic marriages.