14th October 2013
UK: Committee to ask minister why pension arrangements remain unequal for gay couples 3
3:49 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb will have to explain why the government is continuing to allow same-sex couples to be treated differently from heterosexuals in a select committee appearance later this month.
11th May 2013
Church of Ireland denies setting up Select Committee to ‘stall’ on gay issues 10
1:33 AM — The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, has denied that the Church of Ireland is attempting to "stall" on the issue of homosexuality on the church by setting up a Select Committee to consider it.
14th March 2013
New Zealand: Equal marriage passes critical second vote 15
11:23 AM — Lawmakers in New Zealand voted 77 to 44 yesterday to pass same-sex marriage legislation. The bill will now go to a final vote, but it is widely believed that it has passed the critical hurdle and should have a smooth course into becoming law.
14th February 2013
Brendan O’Neill: Equal marriage is an elitist campaign with no roots in the public 91
7:02 PM — Journalist Brendan O'Neill appeared before the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill, and used the opportunity to argue that it was "an elitist campaign that doesn't have any traction with the public".
Lord Pannick: Forcing churches to perform same-sex weddings would be ‘more difficult than parting the Red Sea’ 17
12:41 PM — A top Blackstone lawyer and peer has given evidence to the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill to the effect that succeeding in a court case against a church that refuses to opt-in to same-sex weddings would be legally impossible.
12th February 2013
Coalition for Marriage: ‘The equal marriage bill is causing a shortage of teachers’ 59
6:01 PM — Whilst giving evidence to the The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons around the equal marriage bill, the Coalition for Marriage blamed potential marriage equality for a shortage of teachers.
30th January 2013
Young gay New Zealanders say equal marriage would reduce youth suicides 1
4:30 PM — Young gay men have made submissions to the New Zealand select committee dealing with the equal marriage bill, to say that legalising equal marriage would reduce the number of youth suicides.
22nd January 2013
New Zealand: Select committee hears of benefits to legalising equal marriage 3
2:06 AM — The select committee considering the New Zealand equal marriage bill has heard from two charities which gave the benefits of legalising equal marriage for the physical and mental health of the population, in their submissions.
22nd November 2012
New Zealand: Churches won’t be forced to perform same-sex weddings 7
9:46 PM — The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has confirmed that, if equal marriage becomes legal, carrying out same-sex wedding ceremonies won't be mandatory for churches.
New Zealand: Committee told that equal marriage is an ‘abomination’, and could lead to incest 25
12:44 AM — The select committee reviewing the equal marriage bill in New Zealand, has heard submissions from two pastors, one who called equal marriage a sin, and an "abomination," and another who said that incest is "the way it could go" if equal marriage became legal.