Rally for marriage equality Monday 3 June

Come out for love and equality 5.30pm until late – rally by the statue of George V in Old Palace Yard, London SW1, diagonally opposite the main entrance to the House of Commons. Bring rainbow flags and placards. Peter Tatchell is part of the group organizing a rally for equal marriage supported by a broad […]

Changing Attitude Ireland active in equal marriage campaign

The combined votes of the Democratic Unionist party and Ulster Unionist party in the Stormont Assembly helped defeat a Sinn Féin motion to create marriage equality for gay couples in Northern Ireland backed by the SDLP, Alliance and the Green party yesterday. The defeat of the proposed bill is likely to be challenged in both […]

The Phenomenon of Man and the eruption of equal marriage

I’m reading Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man at the moment. I’ve been meaning to read it for over 40 years and have finally got around to it! He wrote the book in 1947 but it was published posthumously after his death in 1955. Rome refused to allow him to publish. In the […]

Church of England refuses to bless gay relationships – another nail in the coffin

Bishop of Coventry, Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth

  The Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission has published a new report – Men and Women in Marriage. The Bishop of Coventry Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Chair of the Commission said yesterday, “…the document is clear that public forms of blessing belong to marriage alone.” So that’s it, the Church has spoken, faithfully covenanted […]

What is gay marriage?

I never imagined when I was in my teens and 20s and 30s and 40s that one day, parliament would be debating an equal marriage bill and almost certainly voting in favour. Radical reform of the place of LGB&T people in British society didn’t start until 1997 when I was 52. I had a dream […]

Church House culture and Parliamentary expectations

Quite a lot of contact is taking place at the moment between staff at Church House and members of parliament, in relation to both women bishops (and the place of women in the church in general) and in relation to the place of LGB&T people in the church and equal marriage and civil partnerships in […]

Church of England’s attitude to civil partnerships and same-sex marriage

The Church of England media centre has published a statement by the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester on the publication of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The full statement can be read here. In the course of the statement, Bishop Tim says he welcomes the opportunity that civil partnerships have given to […]

RC Bishop of Shrewsbury’s toxic Christmas sermon to attack equal marriage

Today the Daily Mail reports that the Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Revd Mark Davies will say in his sermon at the midnight mass this evening: “We think of the ideologies of the past century, Communism and Nazism, which in living memory threatened to shape and distort the whole future of humanity. “These inhuman ideologies […]

Changing Attitude welcomes government plans for gay marriage in church

Government sources have confirmed that the response to the equal marriage consultation will be published next week. Culture secretary Maria Miller is due to announce the government’s response to the gay marriage consultation on Thursday. It will propose legislation to allow marriage for same-sex couples and also allow churches in England and Wales to conduct […]

Policy Exchange report says the balance of argument favours equal marriage

Policy Exchange, which claims to be the UK’s leading think tank, has published a detailed examination of the pros and cons of same sex marriage: What’s In A Name? Is there a case for equal marriage. David Skelton and Robert Flint, the authors of a paper, argue that the balance of argument favours equal marriage. […]