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.
Watch the Australian PM destroy a pastor’s arguments against 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 62
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).
30th August 2013
US: New Mexico county clerks urge further clarification on equal marriage law 4
7:05 PM — Several County Clerks in the US state of New Mexico have joined together to urge the Supreme Court in the state to rule on equal marriage, following a district court ruling earlier this week.
US: Republican Governor admits comparison between equal marriage and child marriage was ‘inappropriate’ 2
4:29 PM — Pennsylvanian Governor, Tom Corbett has admitted that his lawyers used an "inappropriate analogy", when they said the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples was no different from issuing marriage licenses to children.
US: IRS announces recognition of same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes 10
2:28 PM — The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has announced that same-sex couples who are legally married will now be recognised for federal tax purposes, irrespective of their home state's legal position on equal marriage.
29th August 2013
US: Republican lawyers draw comparison with child marriage in case against equal marriage clerk 11
7:29 PM — Attorney's for Pennsylvanian Governor, Tom Corbett have argued that granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples is no different than if the state were to issue licenses to children.
US: New Mexico GOP slams judge for ‘reckless’ ruling to allow equal marriage 5
6:41 PM — A Republican US Representative has heavily criticised a New Mexico judge's ruling earlier this week which paved the way to the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the state.
US: New Mexico lesbian couple denied marriage licence file lawsuit against state 2
6:01 PM — A lesbian couple in the county of Sandoval, New Mexico, has filed a lawsuit after being denied a marriage licence.
US: Hawaii Governor attempts to push lawmakers towards legalising equal marriage 2
3:51 PM — The Governor of the US state of Hawaii on Wednesday moved to push lawmakers into beginning the process of legalising equal marriage.
27th August 2013
Walmart extends health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners 6
7:56 PM — The largest retailer in the US, Walmart, has announced that it is to offer health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners beginning next year.
US: Republican lawmakers consider legal action over New Mexico county issuing same-sex marriage licences 9
4:08 PM — Republican lawmakers in the US state of New Mexico have said they are considering legal action over a judge's decision to make a broad ruling that same-sex couples should not be excluded from being issue marriage certificates.
US: Judge rules that equal marriage must be recognised in state of New Mexico 9
2:02 PM — A judge in the US state of New Mexico has indirectly ruled that equal marriage be made legal, as he ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriages is a form of sexual discrimination.
25th August 2013
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.