5th September 2013
US: Bakery owners who refused same-sex wedding cake say ‘militant’ gay ‘mafia’ forced them to close 39
11:55 AM — The owners of Sweet Cakes, an Oregon Bakery which recently closed its doors after refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, have accused gay activists of using "militant, mafia-style tactics" to force their business to shut down.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: Same-sex marriage is ‘illiberal’ because it hurts religious institutions 36
10:41 AM — UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, who previously claimed he would not expel UKIP members who call gay people "disgusting," says same-sex marriages are "illiberal" and lack "common sense" because religious groups may be forced to perform same-sex weddings.
4th September 2013
Scottish Parliamentary committee to begin hearing evidence around equal marriage bill 9
5:02 PM — On Thursday, the Scottish Parliament will begin hearing evidence around the equal marriage bill for Scotland.
US: Judge rules deceased gay man’s death certificate can list him as married despite equal marriage ban 1
1:36 PM — In a second similar ruling by the same judge, a gay man has won an appeal to have his late husband's death certificate display that he was married, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage in Ohio.
US: Pennsylvania court to hear arguments in case against clerk who issued same-sex marriage licences
12:41 PM — A court in the US state of Pennsylvania will today begin to hear arguments around the case of a county clerk who is being sued by the state because he issued marriage licences to same-sex couples.
Texas and Mississippi National Guard refuse to process gay couples’ benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
12:25 PM — The National Guard in the US states of Texas and Mississippi have refused to process benefits requests from Tuesday from same-sex couples, despite a directive from the Pentagon to do so.
3rd September 2013
US: Surge of weddings expected as new leave for same-sex military couples to marry kicks in 1
6:30 PM — Beginning on Tuesday, gay members of the US Military are expected to begin emptying their savings, and taking up newly available leave put in place to allow same-sex couples to travel to a state which allows equal marriage.
US: New couple joins battle for equal marriage in Ohio over death certificate listing
5:00 PM — A new plaintiff has joined the lawsuit to have same-sex marriages recognised in the US state of Ohio, despite a ban.
France: Actor Alain Delon says men are meant to ‘woo women’ not ‘pick up guys’ 42
1:51 PM — French actor Alain Delon, who was once described as France's answer to James Dean, has said that being gay is against nature, and that men are here to "love a woman" and not to "flirt with or get picked up by guys."
Exclusive Video: X Factor finalist Melanie Masson backs equal marriage for Scotland
12:56 PM — X Factor Finalist Melanie Masson is the latest to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time video campaign.
US: Gay couples claim a third of all marriage licenses in Minnesota 3
11:23 AM — An Associated Press survey has found that ever since same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Minnesota, gay couples have received nearly a third of all marriage licenses in the state.
US: Oregon bakery which refused cake for same-sex wedding closes down 27
10:12 AM — Sweet Cakes, an Oregon Bakery sued in August for refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, has closed its doors.
2nd September 2013
US: Judge rules that Veterans Affairs agency must pay benefits to same-sex spouse 1
6:44 PM — A federal judge in the US has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must pay equal benefits to a California veteran in a same-sex marriage.
Video: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issues passionate defence for same-sex marriage 18
4:02 PM — In a Q&A appearance on Australian television, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defended his support of same-sex marriage after a local pastor challenged him to measure his views against the Biblical definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
US: Mary Cheney slams her sister’s opposition to same-sex marriage 6
12:07 PM — Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of former US vice-president Dick Cheney, has condemned her older sister, a Republican who is running for the Senate, for her opposition to same-sex marriage.
New Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis vows to maintain ‘orthodox’ stance against same-sex marriages 60
11:01 AM — Britain's new Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, says he wants gay Jewish people to feel at "home" in orthodox synagogues, but has sworn out any possibility for same-sex marriages.
1st September 2013
First US Supreme Court Justice officiates at same-sex wedding 3
3:26 PM — US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at the wedding of a gay couple.
31st August 2013
Taiwan: Gay activists plan ‘wedding banquet’ for same-sex unions
2:13 PM — Over 800 activists have pledged to support the "Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights" campaign this September, in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions.
US: Women’s basketball star protests against same-sex marriage 64
1:39 PM — A Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) player has spoke out against an LGBT anti-discrimination bill in San Antonio, saying she does not support same-sex marriages.
US Supreme Court Justice to conduct same-sex marriage ceremony this weekend 6
12:58 AM — US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to become the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at the wedding of a gay couple in a ceremony to be conducted later today (Saturday).