18th May 2013
France: President Francois Hollande signs equal marriage bill into law 10
3:20 PM — French President Francois Hollande, has signed into law a bill which allows equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Gay MP Mike Freer accuses fellow Tories of attempting to “derail” equal marriage bill 10
2:58 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP Mike Freer has spoken out to say that he thinks other Tory MPs are trying to "derail" the equal marriage bill, and that an amendment to allow opposite-sex civil partnerships could undermine it.
Church of England: Allowing straight civil partnerships would ‘introduce confusion’ 30
2:40 PM — The Church of England has released a statement expressing its opposition to suggestions that the government may amend the equal marriage act to allow civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples.
17th May 2013
Comment: Dear Philip Hammond, equal marriage might upset people, but it is worth it for equality 18
6:44 PM — Hannah Buchanan questions Philip Hammond's assertion that he is not anti-gay, despite saying there is "no huge demand" for equal marriage, and that it made people angry.
France: Final marriage equality hurdle passed as Constitutional Council approves bill 37
4:58 PM — France has overcome the final obstacle in efforts to become the 14th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss 14
4:51 PM — Turkey's official television station has been urged by human rights groups to broadcast the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, following reports that it had cancelled the broadcast due to a lesbian kiss by Finland's act on Thursday.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Civil partnership review unnecessary’ 18
1:43 PM — A government review on civil partnerships, which could take place in five years time, is “unnecessary”, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said.
Philip Hammond: ‘No great demand for gay marriage and it’s upsetting vast numbers of people’ 73
10:58 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says Downing Street should not focus its efforts on equal marriage.
Video: Finland’s pro-equal marriage Eurovision entrant stages lesbian kiss and gets into final 16
2:34 AM — Following the second set of semi-finals tonight, Finland's Eurovision entrant found herself with a place in the final, following her performance of her pro-equal marriage song, which included a lesbian kiss.
16th May 2013
Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples 68
8:48 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says a future government plans to review civil partnerships from 2018 – which could mean possibly extending them to heterosexuals – or abolishing them.
US: ACLU pushes ‘Modern Family’ TV show creators to allow gay characters to get married 6
5:05 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has begun pushing the producers of US television show Modern Family, to write an episode in which the gay couple featured on it, get married.
US: NFL player and gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe signs with new team 8
4:47 PM — Chris Kluwe, outspoken human rights campaigner and NFL punter, has announced that, after being dropped by the Minnesota Vikings last week, he has now been signed to the Oakland Raiders.
Media Matters: Fox News coverage of equal marriage legalisation in three US states totals only one minute 10
4:22 PM — US media watchdog Media Matters reports that Fox News' coverage of same-sex marriage bills passing in the states of Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota clocked in at one minute for all three combined.
US: Studies show majority of voters support equal marriage in Michigan and Virginia 3
2:03 AM — Polls in two more US states have found that a majority of voters support equal marriage, as Michigan and Virginia join states with a majority in support.
15th May 2013
US: Minnesotan pro-equal marriage organisation forms political group to support pro-LGBT lawmakers
5:47 PM — A leading pro-equal marriage group in the US state of Minnesota has formed a Political Action Committee in order to support lawmakers in favour of the measure are re-elected.
Rapper Macklemore speaks out about writing pro-equal marriage anthem 7
4:47 PM — Rap star Macklemore has spoken out in a rare interview about his reasons for writing a song with a strong pro-equal marriage message, saying he wants to "challenge society" and issues that others "are afraid to address".
US: Minneapolis bridge lit up to celebrate Minnesota equal marriage victory 7
4:09 PM — In celebration of the US state of Minnesota legalising equal marriage this week, the city of Minneapolis has lit up one of its bridges with rainbow colours.
17-year-old PinkNews reader to Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘I think you are very anti-gay’ 24
3:49 PM — A lesbian A-level student has written to Tory MP David Burrowes, questioning his recent assertion that he is not "anti-gay", and asking how it is possible to be "pro-marriage", whilst voting to prevent people from being able to marry.
Shops near David Cameron’s office complain of lost takings due to anti-gay marriage protests 17
1:58 PM — Retailers close to David Cameron's constituency office have claimed that their takings are down due to anti-gay marriage protestors.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I am hugely disappointed that Culture Secretary Maria Miller has ruled out straight civil partnerships’ 17
12:50 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out civil partnerships for heterosexuals by saying “this is a hugely disappointing decision by the government”.