5th June 2014
US: Washington state clarifies that health benefits must be offered to gay spouses
7:09 PM — The US state of Washington has released a letter reminding companies that health benefits must be provided to same-sex married couples.
Jamaican newspaper: Banning same-sex marriage is hypocritical 4
12:37 PM — A leading newspaper in Jamaica has questioned the country’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it amounts to “hypocrisy”.
4th June 2014
US: NOM’s bid to halt Oregon same-sex marriages rejected by Supreme Court 5
10:14 PM — The National Organisation for Marriage's bid to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon has been rejected.
US: Two-thirds of same-sex marriage licences in Minnesotan county are for North Dakotans
7:17 PM — Almost two-thirds of same-sex marriage licences in a Minnesota county bordering North Dakota, were issued to same-sex couples with at least one resident of the North Dakota.
Judge denies anti-gay group’s request to join gay marriage ban defence
7:04 PM — A judge in Miami has denied a request by the anti-gay legal organisation Liberty Counsel, to join the defence of the state of Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.
Chief Justice of South Africa: I will protect gay rights despite being against equal marriage 8
6:14 PM — South Africa’s most senior judge who believes “a man should marry a woman” has vowed to protect the rights of all gay citizens.
Slovak constitution amended to specifically ban same-sex relationships 14
5:22 PM — The constitution of Slovakia has been amended to define marriage as specifically the "unique bond between a man and a woman".
3rd June 2014
Gay couples can now marry at 23 British consulates worldwide 14
6:37 PM — Same-sex couples will now be able to marry at British consulates in 23 countries.
US: Twice-divorced Florida Attorney General defends claim that same-sex marriage will ’cause harm’ 18
5:09 PM — Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is married to her third husband, has defended her claim in a legal brief that same-sex marriage will cause 'harm'.
Israel: Justice Minister officiates ‘illegal’ same-sex wedding 6
4:43 PM — Israel's Justice Minister has officiated a gay wedding, despite same-sex marriage not being legal in the country.
Netherlands: Same-sex wedding ‘opt out’ for officials removed 3
3:36 PM — A loophole which allowed officials to opt out of performing same-sex weddings in the Netherlands will be removed.
Baker: No wedding cakes for gays – no wedding cakes for anyone! 28
2:54 PM — The owner of a bakery in Colorado will no longer sell wedding cakes after losing a lawsuit from a gay couple who were refused service.
US: Illinois lawsuit plaintiffs finally marry after 51 years together
12:18 PM — The lead plaintiffs in Illinois' successful same-sex marriage lawsuit have finally married, after 51 years together.
2nd June 2014
US: Idaho governor requests 11-judge panel hear appeal against same-sex marriage 1
9:08 PM — The governor of Idaho has requested his appeal against a ruling striking down the state's marriage ban be heard by an 11-judge panel.
US: Group of pastors urges Pennsylvania Governor to appeal gay marriage ruling 13
7:38 PM — A group of pastors in the US state of Pennsylvania has urged its Governor to reconsider a decision not to appeal a ruling made by a judge to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage.
Clare Balding: It was more powerful for me to go to Sochi than boycott it 44
2:47 PM — Famed sports broadcaster Clare Balding has spoken out about attending the Sochi Winter Olympics earlier this year, saying she thought it sent "a more powerful message" to go, rather than to boycott the games.
Christian Concern worried that a gay couple adopted children neglected by their Catholic parents 61
1:49 PM — The head of Christian Concern has spoken out to express her "concern" at the decision by a judge to allow a gay couple to adopt two children against the wishes of their Catholic birth parents, despite that they used to beat them.
1st June 2014
US: Illinois same-sex families can now apply for joint health insurance cover 1
8:17 PM — The Illinois health insurance marketplace has announced it can now accept applications for family cover from same-sex spouses, following the rollout of same-sex marriage across the state.
Illinois Governor: We are now on the right side of history 5
4:47 PM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has released a statement celebrating the rollout of same-sex marriage, proclaiming the state is "now on right side of history".
US: Same-sex marriage rolls out statewide across Illinois
3:35 PM — Same-sex marriage has today rolled out across the remainder of Illinois' 102 counties.