Tags: Marriage Equality
Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood
NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood welcomes the Irish referendum result on marriage equality and argues that the Catholic Church's appalling recent history in Ireland shows it deserves to be discredited- as it now has been, by the overwhelming referendum "Yes" result.
Posted: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has threatened to stop civil marriage registration if Irish law is changed to allow same sex marriages. Keith Porteous Wood argues that if it were to carry out its threat, it could inflict more harm on the Church than any change of the legal definition of marriage would.
Posted: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Those who portray themselves as a moral arbiter have to be consistently moral — something which Justin Welby and The Runnymede Trust hasn't fully grasped, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has passed with overwhelming support. It has done little more than re-brand civil partnerships, but symbolically its passing was a breath-taking moment of the zeitgeist, writes Keith Porteous Wood.
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 by Terry Sanderson
This defeat for the Church of England may yet have more serious ramifications. It has been speculated that gay marriage will bring the nation nearer to disestablishment.
Posted: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 by Theo Hobson
A disestablished Church still has difficult issues to face, about how to relate itself to the liberal state, where to stand on homosexuality, and how to engage the world around it.
Posted: Fri, 31 May 2013 by Margot Fernandez
As the Same-Sex Marriage Bill reaches the House of Lords, Margot Fernandez writes about the American experience of religion trying to dictate the law.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet carried an editorial in its 25 May edition predicting that the legalisation of gay marriage will weaken, if not completely end, the establishment of the Church of England.
Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson questions if the recent political upheaval will add leverage for the opponents of gay marriage in the UK.
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood
Keith Porteous Wood on why Edwards Leigh's bill to amend the Equality Act to add "conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage" as a protected characteristic alongside disability, sex, and sexual orientation should never make the statute book
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Catherine Le Fur
Catherine Le Fur on the intensifying debate in France over the French Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage
Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson
After coming under fire for nominating Cardinal Keith O'Brien as "Bigot of the Year", Terry Sanderson defends Stonewall and agrees the Cardinal is a bigot, and that the award was appropriate and well-deserved.
Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Has the recent reshuffle appeased the religious lobby and are parliament's theocrats about to have their day?
Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 by Alistair McBay
Aside from recognising the huge significance in this for a long oppressed section of the community, the Scottish Government's announcement that it intends to legislate to allow same sex marriage is also an important point of religious freedom.
Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government over the issue of gay marriage.
Posted: Mon, 14 May 2012 by National Secular Society
Christian blogger Archbishop Cranmer is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority after he reproduced an advertisement from the group "Coalition for Marriage" which is seeking to thwart the Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage.
Posted: Wed, 02 May 2012 by Tessa Kendall
Religious groups' opposition to equal marriage is causing deep rifts among their leaders and followers - and among Tory MPs.
Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson
In many ways there is more at stake than gay marriage. This is the Catholic Church trying to bully its way into political power, lobbying by intimidation and emotional blackmail.
Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Adrian Tippetts
The activities of the anti gay marriage lobby reveal the complex network of the homophobic religious right