18th June 2013
Amendments allowing registrars to opt out of equal marriage withdrawn in House of Lords 25
1:23 PM — As the House of Lords committee stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill began yesterday, peers debated whether registrars, as public servants, should be allowed to opt out of performing same-sex weddings if they conscientiously objected to them.
Labour MSP Elaine Smith: ‘I’m against equal marriage but don’t call me homophobic’ 66
12:21 PM — Labour MSP Elaine Smith claims she has been subjected to personal attacks after declaring she will vote against Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill.
Equal marriage opponent Lord Dear withdraws bill amendments 20
11:36 AM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by equal marriage critic Lord Dear were withdrawn last night – although the former Chief Constable has warned he may re-introduce additional measures seeking greater legal protections for opponents at a later stage.
US: Illinois equal marriage group pledges $500,000 effort to promote same-sex marriage
1:28 AM — An equal marriage advocacy group in the US state of Illinois has announced that it is gearing up for a large-scale campaign to promote same-sex marriage ahead of the 2014 state election.
South Australia to debate motion to formally congratulate New Zealand for marriage equality 8
1:10 AM — The Upper House in South Australia is on Wednesdsay to debate a motion which would formally congratulate New Zealand for legalising equal marriage earlier this year.
US: Advocates hope to get equal marriage question on 2014 Arizona ballot
12:54 AM — Supporters of equal marriage are hoping to get the question of legalising equal marriage on a ballot in the state of Arizona, as soon as 2014, in order to undo a voter-approved constitutional ban on the practice.
Archbishop of York: Would the Church of England rather bless ‘sheep and trees’ than gay couples? 85
12:08 AM — The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, addressed the question of the Church of England's opposition to equal marriage, and the issue of whether or not it will bless civil unions, asking if the issue has been "given enough space".
17th June 2013
US: Baltimore Pride features mass same-sex wedding
6:30 PM — During this year's Baltimore Pride parade, the city's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated a mass wedding of over 20 couples, in an emotional and symbolic move.
Lord Hylton anti-equal marriage ‘union’ amendment withdrawn 17
6:26 PM — An amendment by equal marriage opponent Lord Hylton that suggested the word “union” is strong enough to describe the bond between gay couples has now been withdrawn from being included in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Lord Dear tells PinkNews reader: ‘I want to improve the equal marriage bill and I’m not homophobic’ 28
5:26 PM — Crossbench peer Lord Dear has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader that it’s wrong to conclude that his concerns on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill means he is homophobic.
Study: US media outlets more likely to feature pro-equal marriage viewpoints 3
5:18 PM — According to a new study, news stories in the US are more likely to present pro-equal marriage viewpoints than those in opposition to it.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams to support anti-equal marriage ‘union’ amendment 72
4:22 PM — Baroness Shirley Williams says she will support an amendment by equal marriage opponent Lord Hylton
Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore: Chief Rabbi wrong not to vote again equal marriage 16
3:35 PM — Former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore has criticised the Chief Rabbi for not voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during this month’s second reading the House of Lords
New ‘Gay Marriage No Thanks’ group launches with ‘ten good reasons’ to oppose equal marriage 118
1:44 PM — A new anti-equal marriage group called ‘Gay Marriage No Thanks', which has former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig as its spokesman, has taken out an advert in The Times.
UK: Government to decide on civil partnerships for heterosexuals by winter 2014 9
12:45 PM — The government has announced its intention to launch a full public consultation in the autumn to kick start a review of the future of civil partnerships, and a final decision will be taken by the winter 2014.
House of Lords to resume debate of equal marriage bill 6
11:46 AM — The House of Lords will resume debate of the government’s same-sex marriage bill this afternoon.
Maria Miller tables Public Order Act amendment protecting critics of equal marriage 67
11:15 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller will propose that the Public Order Act be amended to protect critics of same-sex marriage in today's House of Lords committee on the same-sex marriage bill.
Israel: Debate on same-sex civil unions delayed by Prime Minister 10
12:51 AM — After the Israeli Justice Minister announced that she would present a bill to allow same-sex civil partnerships on Sunday, the country's Prime Minister has delayed the debate on the issue.
16th June 2013
Israel: Justice Minister tables bill to allow same-sex civil unions 12
2:17 PM — Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, has announced that she is on Sunday to present to ministers a bill to allow civil unions for gay couples.
15th June 2013
Pope Francis urges French delegates not to follow ‘fashionable’ ideas 39
8:22 PM — In a meeting with a delegation of French legislators in the Vatican City today, Pope Francis urged for religion to be considered in lawmaking. While avoiding particular mention of the country's recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, he warned against picking "fashionable" ideas over religious "spirit".