4th July 2013
Equal marriage rap song reaches top 20 in Billboard Hot 100 chart 4
1:53 PM — A rap song which carries a message of strong support for equal marriage, has reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
3rd July 2013
US: Supporters call on judge to immediately legalise equal marriage following Supreme Court ruling
10:52 PM — Equal marriage advocates in the US state of New Jersey have called on a state judge to immediately legalise same-sex marriage in the state, following the Supreme Court's strike-down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
US: New Jersey Governor told to ‘step out of the way’ of vote on equal marriage 5
6:50 PM — A Democratic lawmaker in the US state of New Jersey has called on the state's Governor to "step out of the way", and allow Republican legislators to vote on an equal marriage bill.
John Barrowman marries his long-term partner Scott Gill 25
6:39 PM — John Barrowman and his partner Scott Gill were married yesterday after a 20-year committed relationship.
2nd July 2013
US radio host: Children ‘suffer the most’ from equal marriage Supreme Court rulings 21
11:40 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey, has attacked the US Supreme Court for its rulings in two key equal marriage cases last week, to call the justices “clueless, immoral leadership”.
Poll: US support for equal marriage at record high in wake of Supreme Court rulings 5
4:37 PM — A poll conducted in the week following the US Supreme Court's ruling in two key equal marriage cases has found that support for same-sex marriage across the US is at a record high.
Cher: The demise of DOMA ‘was amazing but it should never have even been a law’ 4
3:45 PM — Singer Cher has spoken out about her strong support for the downfall of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and for equal marriage in the US, and said "it should never have been a law".
Video: US radio host says the New Yorker ‘promoted child abuse’ with Bert and Ernie equal marriage cover 18
3:17 PM — A US radio host has weighed in on the media attention surrounding the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA last week, to say that the New Yorker magazine "promoted child abuse", by featuring Sesame Street characters embracing at the news on its cover.
Church of England postpones internal debate on allowing civil partnership ceremonies 6
2:16 PM — Discussions to allow civil partnership ceremonies in Anglican churches appear to have been dropped ahead of Friday's Synod meeting.
Germany’s Lower House of Parliament approves equal tax breaks for civil partnerships 6
12:14 PM — The Lower House of Germany’s Parliament has approved a measure to equalise tax breaks for couples in civil partnerships.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and 700 employees join gay pride parade in San Francisco 15
12:27 AM — Facebook co-founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, and over 700 of the company's employees marched in San Francisco's gay pride parade on Sunday.
1st July 2013
US: Iowa Governor: My state will ‘live with’ the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA 10
6:12 PM — When asked his opinion on the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Governor of Iowa declined to give a personal opinion, and instead just said that his state would "live with" the decision.
US: Senator and partner become first same-sex couple in the state of Delaware to marry 2
5:47 PM — A Delaware Senator and her partner, became the first same-sex couple to marry, as the state's new equal marriage law came into effect.
Gay binational couple in the US first to receive confirmation of green card approval after DOMA ruling 3
4:59 PM — A Bulgarian man in the US, who is married to an American man, has become the first gay spouse to receive confirmation of approval for a permanent resident visa, following the US Supreme Court's ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.
Rap duo of pro-equal marriage song, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, win BET award for best group 4
3:42 PM — Rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who entered the Billboard chart last week with a song strongly supporting equal marriage, have been awarded a BET award for best group.
David Cameron confirms tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships 22
12:15 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron says the government will bring forward proposals for a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners.
29th June 2013
Prop 8 supporters accuse court of ‘lawlessness’ for allowing resume of same-sex weddings 14
5:26 PM — Supporters of the now defunct Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the US state of California, have claimed that the courts have acted in a "lawless" way, following the resume of same-sex weddings in the state.
US: First weddings take place as same-sex marriages allowed to resume in California
3:19 PM — As pride events are kicking off all around the world, the US state of California has resumed issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, following a Supreme Court ruling this week.
BBC News presenter Jane Hill: Equality in the UK has moved forward but ‘there is still lots to fight for’ 18
3:00 AM — BBC News presenter Jane Hill this week spoke at a fundraising dinner for London Community Pride, to commend the progress in the UK for gay rights, but to say that, around the world, as well as in the UK, there is still a lot to do for equality.
US: Court gives green light to allow same-sex weddings to resume immediately in California 4
1:15 AM — Same-sex couples wishing to marry in the US state of California have been pleasantly surprised, as a crucial stay has been lifted, meaning the state can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.