1st June 2012
Typo blamed after Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says faiths ‘will be able to marry gays’ 16
1:10 PM — The office of Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has blamed a typographical error for messages he sent to constituents which appear to say religious institutions will be allowed to marry gay couples under government plans.
31st May 2012
Rabbi Jonathan Romain chastises religious opponents of equal marriage 32
11:58 PM — A leading Rabbi has said that those who oppose marriage equality on religious grounds are taking a 'pick and mix' approach to the scriptures, and might as well support stoning children or slavery.
Tory councillor in Thanet left homophobic message on bisexual colleague’s voicemail 23
11:26 PM — The person who left a homophobic voicemail message on a bisexual councillor's phone in Thanet District Council has been identified as a Tory fellow-councillor, which has led the police to caution him for malicious communications.
Boston federal appeals court finds Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional 20
4:47 PM — A federal appeals court in Boston has confirmed a lower court decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in the way it denies benefits to gay couples by not recognising their marriages.
Australia: New South Wales Parliament calls on federal government for equal marriage laws 11
2:26 PM — The Upper House of the Parliament in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has called on the federal government to allow gay couples to marry and to allow religious bodies to perform ceremonies if they choose.
Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales 18
1:24 PM — Two weeks remain until the government's consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples closes, prompting final calls for responses from gay and trans people as well as straight allies.
Policing minister Nick Herbert ‘rather fed up’ with being told civil partnerships are enough for gay couples 36
12:06 PM — The Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert has said he is 'forever grateful' to those who voted for civil partnership legislation but 'getting rather fed up' with being told gay couples should be satisfied with the system.
California senate approves ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors 10
11:09 AM — The Californian state senate last night approved a bill to ban the use of so-called conversion therapies on minors which attempt to alter their sexual orientation.
30th May 2012
Maryland: Anti-equality campaigners deliver twice the number of signatures needed for state referendum 23
11:00 PM — Opponents of equal marriage in Maryland have provided more than twice the required number of signatures in order to bring forth a statewide referendum on the issue during November's presidential elections.
Video: Oona King comes @Out4Marriage to redress ‘outrageous’ marriage inequality 8
6:31 PM — Labour politician Oona King has become the latest to film a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, saying her support is inspired by the fact that her parents' mixed-race marriage would have been illegal in some parts of the US at the time they wed.
Daily Mail criticises Nick Clegg’s ‘illiberal’ whipped vote on equal marriage 73
4:46 PM — The Daily Mail has published a leader article today criticising the deputy prime minister's intention to whip the party's MPs to vote for legislation removing the ban on gay marriages in England and Wales.
Illinois citizens to sue for equal marriage rights 9
2:30 PM — Illinois residents are to file lawsuits against the state, arguing that the ban on marriages for gay couples is unconstitutional.
Californian ban on ‘gay cures’ for minors may see senate vote today 17
11:36 AM — A bill at California's state legislature which would ban attempts to turn gay minors straight through therapy and require adults to be informed of the unproven effectiveness of such treatments is expected to be voted on at the senate later today.
29th May 2012
First gay couple in the world to marry imagine a dead Berlusconi for artwork 15
9:33 PM — A gay couple, who were the first to be married in the world, have created an art installation which is a life-like waxwork of the former Italian premier, Silvio Berlusconi, imagined on a death-bed.
Ukraine: President petitioned on draft anti-gay law 29
2:21 PM — 43,000 people have so far signed a petition to the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, over a draft amendment to the country's morality laws.
Video: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls calls for equal religious marriage in @Out4Marriage video 24
1:08 PM — The Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has joined the Out4Marriage campaign with a video message calling on the government to allow religious bodies to marry gay couples if they choose, inspired by his late, gay uncle.
Religious groups urge David Cameron to maintain equal marriage support 18
11:33 AM — Quakers in Britain, Unitarians and Liberal Judaism have written to the Prime Minister urging him to see through his commitment to change marriage laws to enable gay couples to marry and asking him to allow them to perform gay weddings.
European Parliament condemns consideration of anti-gay laws 32
10:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning anti-gay laws in Europe last week, specifically calling on Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania as well as Ukraine to address existing and draft legislation and 'demonstrate, and ensure respect for, the principle of non-discrimination'.
28th May 2012
Minnesota: Pastor who supports gay rights risks losing his church 75
10:04 PM — A pastor from Minnesota, who has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, and recently voiced support for equal marriage, now risks losing his church completely, unless he can collect enough donations to keep its doors open.
Video: Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham supports equality with @Out4Marriage film 14
6:23 PM — Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has become the latest politician and one of the most senior Catholic figures in British politics to record an Out4Marriage video.