14th January 2013
Church of England considering in-church blessings for ‘celibate’ gay couples 43
1:40 PM — Reports have suggested that the Church of England plans to consider allowing gay couples to have their civil partnerships blessed in churches.
Tory ‘love cheat’ MP says same-sex marriage makes it ‘difficult to promote Christian values’ 53
12:45 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, says legalising equal marriage would make it “difficult to promote Christian values in parliament.”
13th January 2013
France: 340,000 protest against equal marriage rights in Paris 102
5:06 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris protest against the country’s upcoming bill which would allow equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Vatican: Topless women demonstrate for equal marriage rights during Pope’s weekly prayer 32
4:54 PM — A Ukrainian feminist group have protested topless at St Peter's Square for gay rights, as Pope Benedict XVI gave his weekly prayer.
12th January 2013
Thousands of French lesbians travel to Belgium for artificial insemination 7
11:03 PM — Thousands of French lesbians couples are believed to have travelled to Belgium in order to conceive babies, through artificial insemination, which is not available in their home country.
Malta: Labour government would grant civil partnerships and trans identity law if elected 9
9:45 PM — The leader of the Labour party in the Maltese House of Representatives has said his party would allow gay couples to have civil unions, a gender identity law for trans people, and that he would appoint a minister for civil rights and equality.
A thousand Catholic priests fear that equal marriage marks a return to ‘centuries of persecution’ 293
1:44 AM — More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed a letter saying that if equal marriage is legalised it could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during "centuries of persecution" of Catholics in Britain.
Illinois Republican party chairman refuses to resign over same-sex marriage support 12
12:45 AM — The Chairman of the Republican Party (GOP) in the state of Illinois has rejected calls for him to resign for supporting same-sex marriage.
11th January 2013
Anti-gay Rhode Island Catholic bishop criticises governor over equal marriage veto threat 23
7:18 PM — The leader of Rhode Island's Roman Catholic Diocese says state Governor Lincoln Chafee is wrong to threaten to veto legislation that would put equal marriage to a popular vote.
France: Comedian who claims to be pro-gay plans to rally 200,000 against equal marriage 32
5:55 PM — An anti-equal marriage movement in France, which has organised a rally this weekend hoping to bring out 200,000 demonstrators, has found a leader in a comedian who has denied accusations of homophobia.
David Cameron supports bid for London to host 2018 Gay Games 21
2:01 PM — David Cameron has voiced his support for a bid aiming to have the Gay Games brought to London in 2018.
Chilean Bishop says gay ‘domestic partnerships bring the destruction of human beings’ 20
1:35 PM — A Chilean Bishop spoke out earlier this week to say that domestic partnerships, as per recently proposed legislation, would bring the "destruction of human beings".
Poll: Strong support across Europe for equal marriage and adoption – but France divided 9
12:52 PM — A majority of people in several European countries believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married and adopt children, but in France the public is divided, according to a poll.
Survey: Big drop in Americans who say being gay is a sin 17
10:33 AM — Americans who believe being gay is a sin are now a minority, according to new research, which links the trend to President Obama’s decision to support equal marriage.
US: Illinois Senate could ‘fast track’ and approve equal marriage ‘very soon’ 2
3:11 AM — After the new General Assembly was sworn in in Illinois this week, the House Sponsor of a bill to legalise marriage equality in the state said the measure could come to a vote "very soon".
10th January 2013
UKIP Parliamentary candidate forced to resign for supporting gay equality 37
11:22 PM — Just a day after it emerged that the chairman of the UKIP's youth wing, Young Independence had been removed from office for supporting same-sex marriage, a UKIP Parliamentary candidate has been forced to resign following his support for equal marriage.
US: Radio host Rush Limbaugh refuses to apologise for equal marriage ‘paedophila’ slur 9
4:41 PM — Rush Limbaugh is refusing to apologise for suggesting America’s growing acceptance of equal marriage could also pave the way for the “normalisation” of paedophilia.
Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively: Gay marriage in biblical times caused Noah’s flood 48
4:04 PM — Anti-gay evangelist, Scott Lively, has said in an interview that he thinks gay rights are bringing the "wrath" of God, which is a sign that the world is nearing the "End Days", just like before Noah's flood.
Dean of Worcester: I agree with allowing equal marriage because ‘marriage is not an institution’ 16
3:34 PM — The Dean of Worcester has written an opinion piece laying out his reasons for supporting marriage equality, and the government's plans to legalise equal marriage.
Anglican Nigerian church threatens to split from Church of England over gay bishops row 26
2:52 PM — The Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion has threatened to break away from the Church of England over a recent announcement that the latter has dropped its opposition to gay clergy becoming bishops.