10th June 2015
Italy has just approved its first ever motion for gay civil unions 6
6:38 PM — The Lower House in Italy has just for the first time approved a motion which commits the government to promote the adoption of a law for gay civil unions.
30th January 2015
Catholic church deems Rome decision to allow civil union register an ‘ideological bluff’ 22
9:04 AM — The Catholic Church was quick to condemn a vote by Rome city council to allow a register of gay civil unions, dubbing the move an "idealogical bluff".
29th January 2015
Rome city council approves register of same-sex civil unions 11
2:26 PM — Italy took another small step forward in the fight for same-sex marriage this week, as Rome city council's assembly gave approval to a register for civil unions.
24th January 2015
Jeopardy! pokes fun at opponents of same-sex marriage 5
3:59 PM — American quiz show Jeopardy! has mocked opponents of marriage equality, with a quietly subversive question.
8th October 2014
US: Anti-gay marriage group proposes ‘straights only’ civil unions 27
5:50 PM — An anti-gay marriage group in the US has proposed the idea of a new form of union only open to straight couples.
15th July 2014
Croatia passes civil partnerships law 52
5:14 PM — Croatia’s Parliament has passed a law allowing civil partnerships for same-sex couples.
18th June 2014
Italy: Senate to debate same-sex civil unions in September 15
12:44 PM — Italy's Prime Minister has announced that the Senate will debate a same-sex civil unions bill in September.
14th April 2014
Chile: Pastor blames deadly forest fire on same-sex unions bill 29
10:22 PM — A Chilean pastor has blamed forest fires near the city of Valparaíso on the discussion of a bill which would allow for same-sex civil unions.
21st March 2014
Gibraltar approves civil partnerships bill 13
11:13 AM — A bill legalising civil partnerships for same-sex couples in Gibraltar has been approved by the island’s Parliament.
10th March 2014
Archbishop of New York: Gay civil unions make me feel uncomfortable 56
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’ 87
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.