16th October 2012
Video: LGBT celebrities rally around Obama ahead of TV debate 8
5:19 PM — Ahead of tonight’s second presidential debate in New York several of America’s biggest LGBT celebrities have come together to endorse Barack Obama’s re-election bid in a new campaign video.
UK: Labour MP Chris Bryant to introduce ten minute equal marriage bill 63
4:03 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant’s decision to introduce a ten minute rule bill on equal marriage in the House of Commons has been described as the “first shot” in the parliamentary battle for marriage equality.
UK: Church weddings possible in 10 years, says gay dean 22
10:55 AM — It could take 10 years for same-sex marriages to be approved by the Church of England – that’s according to Dr Jeffrey John, the gay Dean of St Albans.
In Photos: US members of Congress supporting the NOH8 campaign 7
12:53 AM — The NOH8 campaign, which uses celebrities to highlight the ban on same-sex marriage in states across America, has released a series of photos, showing 26 members of the US Congress, supporting its campaign.
15th October 2012
Simon Callow: I have a ‘right’ to marriage 32
7:13 PM — Actor and theatre director Simon Callow believes the recent outbursts of Lord Carey and former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe on the subject of equal marriage illustrates how the two are living in the past.
Tracey Emin: The church should embrace gay people 27
2:32 PM — Tracey Emin has spoken of her support for equal marriage and believes there should always be a separation of the church and state.
Former SNP leader says equal marriage is a step towards ‘fascism’ 70
10:54 AM — The former leader of the Scottish National Party Gordon Wilson has once again criticised the leadership of the SNP for supporting equal marriage.
12th October 2012
New York mayor gives $250,000 to Maryland equal marriage campaign 6
4:17 PM — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $250,000 (£155,430) to the campaign that is fighting to keep equal marriage in the US state of Maryland.
Yvette Cooper: ‘Get on with legalising same-sex marriage’ 76
11:41 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says David Cameron needs to “show a bit of backbone” over the issue of equal marriage.
11th October 2012
Comment: ‘Tory support for gay rights is a victory for Labour’ 40
10:22 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s London Assembly Member Tom Copley, responds to Ben Howlett’s claims that the Labour Party has lost its LGBT crown.
Comment: ‘Conservatives are the true party of equality’ 53
10:22 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Ben Howlett, the chairman of Conservative Future claims his party now eclipses Labour when it comes to LGBT equality.
10th October 2012
France sets date to say ‘oui’ for equal marriage 26
9:25 PM — France has named October 31 as the date when a draft law authorising equal marriage will be approved by government ministers.
UK: Culture secretary tells Tory conference to support equal marriage 39
3:28 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has been loudly cheered by delegates at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, after she told them to support marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Boris Johnson: “Why on earth would we deny marriage to anyone?” 48
2:26 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched another robust defence of the government’s policy on equal marriage.
9th October 2012
Comment: Lord Carey’s Nazi rhetoric is an insult to history 40
8:28 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Nicolas Chinardet takes the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey to task for comparing the opponents of equal marriage to persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany.
Former Irish president announces support for equal marriage 15
4:19 PM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese says she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Comment: “It was an amazing push for marriage equality” 6
1:43 PM — Despite last week’s equal marriage defeat in the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to securing LGBT equality in Northern Ireland.
UK: Christian Labour MP changes his mind and backs equal marriage 16
11:54 AM — The Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman has said he now supports equal marriage rights for same-sex couples after previously being “unsure”.
David Cameron determined to press ahead with equal marriage 39
11:29 AM — Despite Monday’s high-profile anti-equal marriage protest against the backdrop of the Conservative Party Conference, Prime Minister David Cameron remains determined to press ahead with marriage reform.
8th October 2012
Elton John: I should be allowed to call David my ‘husband’ 29
9:24 PM — Sir Elton John has called on the government not to concede to the opponents of equal marriage and says he would “love nothing more than to make history again” by turning his civil partnership into a marriage.