Richard Adams Dies

One of the world’s longest campaigners for same sex marriage has died. Richard Adams married his partner Tony Sullivan in Colorado in 1975. His marriage was legal within the state but when he sought to have his partner – who is Australian – recognised as his spouse a legal battle that has never ended was set-off. The couple were once …

Caribbean Island Legalises Same-Sex Marriage While French Law Sparks Debate

The upcoming legalization of same-sex marriage in France is predicted to spark debate in its remaining Caribbean territories, while same-sex marriage on the Dutch held island of Saba has lead to an upsurge of visitors. The Dutch Caribbean territory of Saba is reporting an upswell of LGBT tourists following the legalization of same-sex marriage there. The island saw its first …

Tatchell: Cameron Right on Religious Marriage but Wrong on Straight Civil Partnership

Pater Tatchell partially defended David Cameron’s stance on same sex marriage today. “David Cameron’s support for the right of religious organisations to conduct same-sex marriages is a welcome affirmation of religious freedom and gay equality,” said Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation. “The Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews want to conduct marriages for their lesbian and …

Tory MP Says Bring back Section 28

A Tory MP told the BBC on Friday December the 7th that not only did he oppose same sex marriage but that he supported the return of Section 28. Harrow East MP Bob Blackman told a BBC news team that he still abided by “that legislation. I think it is the way forward”. Section 28 banned local authorities from producing materials …

Church of England Keeps Mind Open on Same Sex Marriage

Newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says he will re-examine his thoughts on gay marriage ‘carefully and prayerfully’. Speaking at a press conference today (9 November), the former Bishop of Durham said that while he supports the Church’s opposition to gay marriage he was ready to ‘listen’ to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. ‘I support the House …

Miliband will have 3 line whip on same sex marriage

Shadow leader Ed Miliband gave his wholehearted support to same sex marriage and said there will be a three-line-whip for Labour ministers on Thursday, September the 27th. Although Prime Minister David Cameron is in favour of same sex marriage, he is giving his ministers a free vote. To read more go here

Independent Comes Out in Favour of Same Sex Marriage

The Independent has launched a campaign and petition in favour of legalising same sex marriage today, September the 20th. Launching the Equal Voices petition on the website, the campaign states 3 principles: The EQUAL PARTNERS manifesto will aim to achieve the following; 1.     Civil marriages should be extended to homosexual couples. 2.     Religious institutions should be free to marry homosexual couples 3.     With …

No Same-Sex marriage for Australia

The Australian House of Representatives voted 92 to 48 against same sex marriage yesterday. Both the prime minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott, plus former prime minister Kevin Rudd, voted against the bill. Labour member Stephen Jones urged campaigners to, “Maintain your rage”. Some individual Australian states, including the formerly notoriously homophobic Tasmania, are yet to vote on same-sex marriage.

Survey Shows Massive Support for Same Sex Marriage

A survey of the general population held in July this year reveals that 84% of people want same sex marriage and that 92% think religious institutions should carry them out if that’s what their denomination wishes. Only 22% of respondents, however, perceived marriage as a religious institution. Details of the Equal Marriage Survey, carried out for MayoWynneBaxter Solictors, and more …

Miller Backs Same-Sex Marriage

Same sex marriage supporters may take comfort from the new Culture Minister’s interview with The Sunday Times last week, as she said she believed “everyone should get married.” Maria Miller added that she believed same-sex marriage would “strengthen society”. The new Undersecretary for Women and Equalities, Helen Grant, has not yet made her feelings clear. The Conservative MP for Maidstone …