27th December 2012
Government refuses to rule out using Parliament Act to force equal marriage past the House of Lords 55
2:11 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has refused to rule out using the Parliament Act in order for the government to get its planned equal marriage legislation for England and Wales on the statute book, in the event of parliamentary deadlock.
26th December 2012
New poll: Most Conservative voters support David Cameron’s same-sex marriage policy 35
8:48 PM — An ICM poll for the Guardian has found that 62% of all voters support gay couples being given the right to marry. A record 52% of Conservative supporters say they are in favour of David Cameron's proposals.
High Court Judge who criticised same-sex marriage had promised to ‘keep a low profile’ on subject 39
3:36 PM — A high court judge has come under-fire for arguing that the government should not legislate for same-sex marriage as he claims it only benefits 0.1% of the population. PinkNews can reveal that last month he promised to take a 'lower profile' on the subject after complaints were made about his involvement in the Marriage Foundation.
Poll: Majority of public want Church of England to hold same-sex weddings 31
12:36 AM — A new poll has found that the majority of the people in England and Wales wish for the Church of England to be able to conduct same-sex marriages.
25th December 2012
Archbishop of Westminster’s Christmas message: Same-sex marriage plan is an Orwellian shambles 150
10:00 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales has attacked the Government's plans for marriage equality as an undemocratic shambles.
21st December 2012
Tory MP David Davies questions if same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught about anal sex 102
11:36 PM — Conservative opponent of marriage equality David Davies has said his concerns focus around sex education and how children might be taught the mechanics of gay sex.
UK: First openly gay judge to be appointed Chancellor of the High Court 18
4:11 PM — Lord Justice (Terrence) Etherton, the first senior judge to be in a civil partnership, has been appointed as Chancellor of the High Court, or head of the Chancery Division.
Tory MP Steve Baker: Letting gays marry will not improve tolerance in our society 51
9:22 AM — Conservative MP for Wycombe, Steve Baker, has said that the Government's plans for same-sex marriage will not improve tolerance in society. He said the Government should wait 10 years before letting gay couples marry.
17th December 2012
Gay Essex dads to sue government over church same-sex marriage ban 92
3:33 PM — Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow plan to mount a legal challenge over the government’s decision to ban gay couples from marrying in the Church of England.
16th December 2012
Tory, Labour and cross-bench Peers and MPs say Government is ignoring public ‘opposition’ to equal marriage 53
11:45 PM — Almost 60 Conservative, Labour and cross-bench MPs and peers have signed up to a new Parliamentary plan to oppose same-sex marriage. The politicians and former clergymen have signed a strongly worded letter to the Daily Telegraph where they accuse David Cameron and Nick Clegg of “ploughing on regardless” in the face of what it claims was an “overwhelming public response” in opposition to equality.
15th December 2012
Archbishop of Wales: Equal marriage ban for Church in Wales ‘a total shock’ 37
1:02 AM — The head of the Anglican Church in Wales has said the church will attempt to persuade the UK government to drop plans to make it illegal for same-sex marriages to be performed there, in upcoming equal marriage legislation.
14th December 2012
Bishop of Buckingham: Church will be a fool to squander the option of ‘getting real’ by backing same-sex marriage 24
12:59 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, the most senior member of the Church of England to back the Out4Marriage campaign for marriage equality has warned that the Church of England risks squandering a “precious opportunity to get real” by backing same-sex marriage.
12th December 2012
Simon Callow: Banning the Church of England from same-sex marriage is a ‘medieval idea’ 29
4:12 PM — Simon Callow has described the government's decision to ban the Church of England from conducting same-sex marriages as "a bit bewildering" and a "sort of medieval idea".
Archbishop of Wales: Banning churches from same-sex marriages is a step too far 64
10:35 AM — The Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan says making it illegal for the Church in Wales to offer marriages for gay couples is a "step too far" and believes the government should reconsider its plans.
11th December 2012
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
Government consultation: 53% in favour of equal marriage 21
1:47 PM — In a blow to the opponents of equality, the results of this year's government consultation show 53% are in favour of the introduction of equal marriage.
Government: Churches will be able to marry gay couples from next year 80
12:31 PM — The government has confirmed that full marriage equality will be introduced for gay couples living in England and Wales.
10th December 2012
Welsh Secretary David Jones to vote against same-sex marriage 20
6:36 PM — Welsh Secretary David Jones will vote against equal marriage rights for gay couples in England and Wales but is refusing to explain why because of his position within government.
David Davies MP: How can I be homophobic? I once fought a gay man in a boxing ring 65
12:30 PM — Welsh Conservative MP David Davies, who over the weekend suggested most parents would prefer their children “not to be gay”, has dismissed accusations that he is a homophobe by reminding people of his participation in an amateur boxing match against a gay fighter.
6th December 2012
Football needs a gay ‘champion’ says rugby referee Nigel Owens 4
5:15 PM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens is backing a campaign to tackle homophobic attitudes in sport and says football would benefit from having a gay “champion” in the same way Gareth Thomas took up the mantle for rugby.