17th July 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: If gay people pay the same contributions, their pension rights must be the same 5
7:23 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer raised the issue of pensions inequality during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate and said it was right to settle the discrepancy “whatever the cost”.
11th July 2013
George Osborne: Tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships to be in Autumn Statement 11
5:41 PM — Chancellor George Osborne says a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners is likely to be in the Autumn Statement.
10th July 2013
Geoffrey Howe’s wife Baroness Howe demands government provides equal survivor benefits for gay couples 15
7:24 PM — Baroness Howe of Idlicote has pleaded with the government to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex couples, invoking the spirit of the US Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defence of Marriage Act in her argument.
3rd July 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas tables amendment for equal survivor benefits for gay couples 21
6:41 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has tabled an amendment to the Pensions Bill, which would give equal provision of survivor benefits for same-sex couples.
2nd July 2013
Germany’s Lower House of Parliament approves equal tax breaks for civil partnerships 6
12:14 PM — The Lower House of Germany’s Parliament has approved a measure to equalise tax breaks for couples in civil partnerships.
1st July 2013
David Cameron confirms tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships 22
12:15 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron says the government will bring forward proposals for a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners.
28th June 2013
US: Gay man adopts 73-year old partner to avoid inheritance tax 7
5:04 PM — A gay couple in the US say they have had to use adoption to avoid paying the inheritance tax that would be forced on them due to their state's lack of same-sex marriage laws.
26th June 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: Gay people are being short-changed when it comes to pensions equality 8
11:22 AM — Conservative MP Mike Freer says it's wrong that gay couples continue to be treated unequally in the area of survivor's benefits.
15th June 2013
German Cabinet adopts bill to give gay couples equal tax benefits 17
2:30 PM — The German cabinet has adopted a bill granting same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same income tax benefit as married opposite-sex couples.
8th June 2013
US: Same-sex military partners to receive limited benefits from September 9
9:24 AM — The Pentagon has announced that benefits for the spouses of military personnel in same-sex relationships will begin from 1 September. However, they will not be able to receive housing or healthcare benefits, leading many to feel that the changes are inadequate.
20th April 2013
Lord Browne: I am still surprised at how cautious businesses are in accepting diversity 15
5:17 PM — Lord Browne, the former Chief Executive of BP, has spoken out about a current lack of acceptance of diversity in the world of business, and said that for years he was scared to come out as gay.
17th April 2013
Over a thousand Australian same-sex couples to travel to New Zealand to wed 8
6:44 PM — According to a survey by an equal marriage advocacy group, over a thousand Australian gay and lesbian couples are to travel to New Zealand in order to get married, now that equal marriage is set to become law there.
16th April 2013
Study: Equal marriage could bring $42 million to Minnesota economy over three years 8
1:10 AM — A new study has estimated that, if legalised, equal marriage could bring large economic boosts to the US state of Minnesota.
26th March 2013
US conservative women’s group: Starbucks discriminates against straight people by supporting gay rights 82
2:58 PM — A conservative women's group in the US has published a scathing article about coffee chain Starbucks, and the company's support for equal marriage, suggesting that it discriminates against straight people by doing so.
22nd March 2013
Starbucks CEO defends equal marriage backing and tells unhappy shareholder to sell stock 17
6:10 PM — The CEO of Starbucks took to defending the company's decision to back equal marriage, in the face of criticism from a shareholder at the company's shareholders meeting.
11th March 2013
Vatican embarrassed as €23 million property investment includes Europe’s biggest gay sauna 55
6:43 PM — Following several recent scandals, it has now emerged that the Catholic church has bought a €23 million (£21 million) share of an apartment block in Rome which houses the biggest gay sauna in Europe.
15th February 2013
UK: Equality groups predict some gay married couples will have to fight for pension rights in court 2
5:33 PM — Rights group Liberty has raised concerns that the same-sex marriage bill does not address inequalities in pensions between straight married couples and gay couples in civil partnerships.
11th February 2013
Documents reveal dropped plan for Canadian same-sex wedding bank notes 2
7:08 PM — The bank of Canada considered putting an image of a same-sex wedding on bank notes, revealed by documents shown to the Canadian press.
5th February 2013
Equalities Minister Helen Grant: Tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples is ‘off the table for now’ 2
11:42 AM — Conservative Equalities Minister Helen Grant says the government will not be offering tax breaks to married and civil partnered couples in next month’s Budget.
29th January 2013
Introducing equal marriage could boost UK economy by £18 million 15
1:06 PM — Ministers speaking in support of equal marriage claimed today that it could give the British economy a boost of as much as £18 million per year.