11th December 2013
Couples in civil partnerships ‘disappointed’ to have to wait longer to convert to marriage 30
2:28 PM — Couples across England and Wales who are already in civil partnerships have expressed disappointment at being told they will have to wait longer than couples who are not, to change to marriage when the law changes in March.
Northern Ireland lifts ban on allowing gay couples to adopt 13
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland has lifted its ban on gay couples in civil partnerships adopting children.
Gloria De Piero: ‘Equal marriage marks an historic point in our country’s journey towards equality’ 4
11:49 AM — Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero writes for PinkNews on the announcement of the timetable for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
10th December 2013
Maria Miller: Equal marriage in England and Wales demonstrates our society’s respect for all 12
4:18 PM — Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller, writes for PinkNews on the day that the timetable was announced for introducing equal marriage in England and Wales, to thank all of those involved in the process.
First same-sex weddings will take place on anti-gay rights Lord Tebbit’s birthday 23
3:39 PM — In a humorous twist of fate, the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales are set to take place on the birthday of Lord Norman Tebbit, one of the strongest equal marriage opponents.
Government announces date of first same-sex marriages in England and Wales 33
2:07 PM — The government has finally announced that the first same-sex marriages will be held next March in England and Wales, some time earlier than had been originally expected.
8th December 2013
US preacher Rick Warren compares the ‘redefinition of marriage’ to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four 46
11:58 AM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that same-sex marriage laws are attempting to "redefine marriage" in a manner similar to the dystopian reversal of meanings in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Australia: First same-sex marriages held in ACT despite High Court challenge to equal marriage law 2
11:10 AM — Australia’s first same-sex marriage ceremonies were celebrated on Saturday irrespective of a High Court challenge to the Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law.
US: Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying to marry his partner 23
10:07 AM — A gay teacher in New Jersey has said he was recently fired from a Catholic school he worked at for 12 years after applying to marry his partner - a move the school said "contradicts the terms of his teaching contract."
6th December 2013
Straight couple announce civil partnership engagement as statement supporting full marriage equality 22
7:31 PM — A straight couple from London have announced their engagement, but have said that they will get civilly partnered rather than married, in order to push for full marriage equality.
US: In Washington State 17% of all marriages in the last year were between gay couples 1
2:07 PM — A year ago today same-sex marriages began taking place in Washington State, a month after voters chose at a referendum to legalise it, and since then a large proportion of marriages were between gay couples.
4th December 2013
Australia: ACT equal marriage law could be struck down five days after taking effect 9
6:56 PM — Just five days after the Australian Capital Territory's new equal marriage law comes into effect, it could be deemed unconstitutional in a High Court ruling.
US: Challenge to Utah same-sex marriage ban to return to court 2
3:03 PM — A challenge to the US state of Utah's equal marriage ban is due back in court today.
Anonymous donor pledges to match AUD$20,000 in donations to Australian Marriage Equality 1
2:00 PM — An anonymous donor has pledged to match the next AUD$20,000 (£11,000) in donations to Australian Marriage Equality (AME).
3rd December 2013
Scotland: Independent Celebrants put forward recommended equal marriage bill amendment 6
6:27 PM — Independent Celebrants in Scotland are recommending an amendment to the country's equal marriage bill to allow celebrants to perform legal marriage ceremonies as part of the legislation.
Parliament holds first reception to honour the Jewish LGBT community 5
12:32 PM — The first ever Jewish LGBT event was held in Parliament yesterday, hosted by Mike Freer MP, who noted positive changes within the Jewish community around issues such as equal marriage.
2nd December 2013
Australia: ACT to defend new equal marriage law in imminent High Court hearing 2
8:08 PM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will be forced to defend its newly implemented equal marriage law starting Tuesday as the country's High Court will hear a legal challenge to it.
US: Judge denies lesbian couple divorce, saying Mississippi does not recognise same-sex marriages 3
7:42 PM — A couple in the US state of Mississippi have been denied a divorce in their home state which does not allow or recognise same-sex marriages, as they married in San Francisco, where equal marriage is legal.
US: First same-sex weddings take place in Hawaii
3:27 PM — As the state's equal marriage law came into effect, same-sex couples began to marry today in Hawaii.
LGBT group criticises Croatia for equal marriage ban: ‘Human rights can’t be subjected to majority vote’ 11
12:34 PM — European LGBT rights group ILGA-Europe, has heavily criticised the decision of Croatian voters to choose to ban same-sex marriage in a referendum yesterday, and also came down on MPs for allowing the vote to even take place.