25th July 2013
US: First same-sex couples marry in Pennsylvania despite state ban on equal marriage 2
3:45 PM — A same-sex couple in Pennsylvania has become the first in the state to legally marry, despite a ban on equal marriage.
Oxford Dictionary will change the definition of ‘marriage’ to include equal marriage 20
2:01 PM — The leading authority on the English language has said that they are to change the definition of the word 'marriage' to keep in line with the passing of the recent England and Wales Marriage (Same sex couples) Act.
Exclusive: Scottish Green Party leader says ‘It’s Time’ for MSPs to back equal marriage 2
11:23 AM — In a video recorded in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign, Scottish Green Party Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie MSP has urged Scotland to follow England and Wales towards legalising equal marriage.
24th July 2013
US: United Methodist clergy members sign pact to perform same-sex marriages 7
11:17 PM — Dozens of retired clergy members across Northern California and Nevada have signed a pact saying they will perform same-sex marriages or holy unions in their churches across the two states.
Comment: Why the gay community should not have to say ‘thank you’ for equal marriage 77
5:42 PM — Benjamin Butterworth reflects on recent changes to the law in England and Wales to allow same-sex couples to legally marry, but questions whether the gay community should be thankful for the changes?
US: Virginia couple challenge state-wide ban on equal marriage 1
5:29 PM — A couple from Norfolk, Virginia have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
US: Two Pennsylvania same-sex couples to receive marriage licences despite state ban on equal marriage 2
3:37 PM — Two lesbian couples in the US state of Pennsylvania have applied for marriage licences, and look set to be issued them, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
Benedict Cumberbatch conducts civil partnership 11
12:02 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch has officiated at a same-sex civil partnership for one of his closest friends.
23rd July 2013
US: Pennsylvania county agrees to issue same-sex marriage licence 3
11:50 PM — Officials in the third-largest county in Pennsylvania have said same-sex couples will be able to be issued marriage licences, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: New York to refund estate tax paid by same-sex spouses under DOMA 8
11:31 PM — The US state of New York has said that same-sex spouses who paid estate taxes under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), because their marriages were not recognised, will now receive refunds.
US: California county clerks urge court to continue to allow same-sex marriage licences 4
4:58 PM — County clerks in the US state of California have urged courts to continue to allow the issue of same-sex marriage licences, despite calls from some for further clarification on the Supreme Court's Proposition 8 ruling.
US: Judge rules in favour of Ohio married couple in death certificate case 4
2:23 PM — A US District Judge has ruled in favour of a gay married couple in the state of Ohio, who filed a lawsuit in order to have their out-of-state marriage recognised as one of them is terminally ill.
Archbishop of Kenya warns Justin Welby against supporting civil partnerships 34
1:28 PM — The Archbishop of Kenya has criticised the Archbishops of Canterbury and York because he feels they are softening their position on same-sex civil partnerships.
22nd July 2013
France: Gay couple who filed complaint as mayor refused to officiate wedding finally marry 4
7:26 PM — A gay couple who were forced to file an officia complaint as their town's mayor became the first in France to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding, are now married.
Southbank Centre to hold 2014 wedding festival to celebrate first same-sex marriages 4
6:33 PM — In summer 2014, London's Southbank Centre is to hold a huge wedding party in celebration of the first same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales.
21st July 2013
US anti-gay church holds demonstration calling Her Majesty the Queen of Fags 82
4:51 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has tweeted to attack the Queen for adding her signature to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, giving it Royal Assent to become law.
Sikh temples told to halt all civil weddings over equal marriage law 60
10:54 AM — Sikh temples have been advised to deregister as venues for civil weddings following the legalisation of same-sex marriage, over fears that they could be legally coerced into marrying same-sex couples.
20th July 2013
Study finds that children of gay parents are generally happier than those with straight parents 48
7:05 PM — A study has found that children growing up with gay parents are on average happier than those raised by straight parents.
US: County clerk seeks to halt the issuing of same-sex marriage licences in California 10
6:28 PM — The San Diego county clerk on Friday filed a petition which seeks a court order to exempt county clerks from issuing marriage licences to gay couples.
US: Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Ohio’s equal marriage ban 10
5:26 PM — A federal lawsuit has been filed against the US state of Ohio challenging its constitutional ban on equal marriage.