Archbishop of New York: Gay civil unions make me feel uncomfortable 28
11:03 AM — The Archbishop of New York says the idea of same-sex partnerships makes him feel "uncomfortable".
6th March 2014
Pope Francis: ‘Matrimony is between a man and a woman’ 85
11:18 AM — Pope Francis says “matrimony is between a man and a woman” but has hinted that he could eventually accept the principle of civil partnerships.
11th February 2014
State of Nevada admits defeat and will not defend ban on gay couples marrying 10
12:55 AM — The US state of Nevada is to drop its defence in court of the ban on same-sex couples marrying soon to be heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
4th January 2014
Catholic Bishop: Maltese Catholic MPs will commit a ‘grave moral act’ by voting for civil unions 15
4:20 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has said that any Catholic MPs in the country who vote for an upcoming civil unions bill will commit a "grave moral act" by doing so.
28th November 2013
Watch a 13-year-old use his Bar Mitzvah speech to call for equal marriage for gay couples 54
3:45 PM — A 13-year-old Jewish boy has used his Bar Mitzvah speech to call for same-sex couples in his home state of Oregon to be granted the right to marry. Watch him take his community with him as he explains why the biblical definition of marriage is nothing like what those who oppose equality say it is and by the end you'll be cheering him on like his local Jewish community.
13th November 2013
Governor of Hawaii signs equal marriage into law: ‘Another universe is about to change for all time’ 7
9:28 PM — The Governor of Hawaii has signed same-sex marriage into law, just a day after the state's Senate gave the legislation for its approval.
12th November 2013
Hawaii to become latest US state to make same-sex marriage legal 5
11:41 PM — The Hawaii Senate has given its final approval to a bill to make marriage legal between couples of the same-sex.
7th November 2013
European Court of Human Rights rules against Greece’s ban on gay civil unions 21
3:04 PM — Greece’s ban on same-sex couples from entering civil unions violates the European Convention of Human Rights, a European court has ruled.
6th November 2013
Obama: I applaud the Illinois General Assembly for passing equal marriage bill
12:29 AM — President Barack Obama has praised the Illinois General Assembly, on which he used to serve for voting to make same-sex marriage legal.
16th October 2013
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
14th October 2013
Malta: Civil unions bill to arrive in Parliament 5
11:33 AM — A bill to introduce civil unions for gay couples in Malta will arrive in the country’s Parliament this week.
5th August 2013
Amazon founder and major equal marriage campaign funder Jeff Bezos acquires the Washington Post 7
10:13 PM — The billionaire founder of e-commerce company Amazon Jeff Bezos has agreed to purchase the Washington Post for $250m. He and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos were the largest financial supporters of the state Washington's campaign to secure same-sex marriage.
24th July 2013
Colombia: First ever civil union legally recognised 2
10:51 PM — For the first time in Colombia, a judge has recognised the civil union of a gay couple.
25th June 2013
Poll: UK support for equal marriage at 55% 18
2:04 PM — A new poll by Ipsos of 16 countries puts support for equal marriage in the UK at 55%.
28th May 2013
Italy: Candidate who pledged to introduce civil partnerships leads in Rome mayoral race 3
2:43 PM — A candidate in the race for the mayoral seat in the Italian city of Rome, who promised to introduce same-sex civil unions in the city, has led in the poll by a wide margin, and will now go to a run-off on 9 and 10 June.
Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions 5
11:22 AM — A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships.
24th May 2013
US: Nevada Assembly passes resolution to repeal ban on equal marriage 2
12:23 AM — The Nevada Assembly today passed a resolution which could eventually lead to a repeal of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
1st May 2013
Rhode Island: Same-sex marriage bill heading for final vote 12
10:41 AM — With a final vote on Thursday, Rhode Island is poised to become the tenth US state to allow same-sex couples to marry
16th April 2013
Jeremy Irons: ‘I don’t know the difference between a same-sex marriage and a civil partnership’ 37
3:10 PM — Jeremy Irons says he should have “buttoned” his lip when he joked equal marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons, although he now admits that he doesn’t know the difference between a same-sex marriage and a civil partnership.
10th April 2013
Iceland PM asked to meet with gay rights activists in Chinese visit 2
1:31 PM — Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world’s first openly gay prime minister, has been asked to meet with the parents of gay children in next week's visit to China.