31st July 2012
‘Vocal minority’ of Tories fear equal marriage will alienate volunteers 67
4:59 PM — The chair of the body which represents volunteers in the Conservative Party and a backbench MP have voiced fears that the government's commitment to marriage equality for gay couples could alienate local activists.
New civil partnerships in the UK up six percent in 2011 19
11:39 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK in 2011 was 6,795, an increase of 6.4 per cent on the previous year.
30th July 2012
US: Democrats move to adopt same-sex marriage as official party platform 9
11:32 PM — The US Democrats are expected to back same-sex marriage part of their official party platform. The move comes little more than three months after President Barack Obama confirmed his own personal support for gay couples being granted the right to marry.
Sarah Palin backs Chick-fil-A 51
11:11 AM — Former Republican Governor of Alaska and television personality Sarah Palin has showed her support for the Chick-Fil-A fast food chain following negative reaction to its stance on gay equality.
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
27th July 2012
Video: Cotswolds councillors appeal for equal marriage debate 18
4:40 PM — Liberal Democrat local councillors in the Cotswolds have appealed over a lack of engagement at the local council with the issue of same-sex marriages.
Amazon founders give $2.5m to equal marriage in Washington 42
1:17 PM — The billionaire founders of e-commerce company Amazon have pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage rights for gay couples in the US state of Washington.
26th July 2012
Equal marriage advocates collect messages for Scottish government ‘thank you’ 45
2:54 PM — Following yesterday's announcement by the Scottish government that it will legislate to recognise marriages between two people of the same sex, equality campaigners are planning a giant 'thank you' card.
Video: Dan Savage says marriage is already ‘about love, not gender’ 3
10:31 AM — Author, columnist and founder of the 'It Gets Better Project' Dan Savage has rejected arguments that gay people are seeking to 'redefine marriage', saying it has already effectively gender-neutral.
25th July 2012
New Hampshire speaker wants another attempt to ban equal marriage 12
11:05 PM — New Hampshire's House speaker has said that he will launch a second attempt to ban equal marriage if he wins another term. Speaking on New Hampshire Public Radio's the Exchange, Bill O'Brien claimed that allowing gay couples to marry weakens families, which in turn causes the government to spend more money fixing social problems.
Scottish government reveals marriage consultation figures 35
3:41 PM — Following the announcement that it will bring forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry, the Scottish government has published figures from its public consultation last year.
Exclusive: Out4Marriage says David Cameron personally backs gay religious marriages 31
1:18 PM — Following discussions with the prime minister at a Downing Street reception yesterday, the group Out4Marriage said David Cameron had given the strong impression that he personally supports giving churches and other religious institutions the right to hold gay wedding ceremonies if they chose to do so in England and Wales.
David Cameron’s speech to the Downing Street LGBT community reception 15
12:34 PM — A transcript of David Cameron's speech to the LGBT community at Number 10 Downing Street on 24 July 2012 in full.
Scottish government will bring forward equal marriage legislation 107
11:39 AM — Equal marriage advocates have welcomed the Scottish government's much-awaited announcement this morning that it will be bringing forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry and remove current barriers for trans people.
David Cameron warns Church of ‘repeating Tory mistakes’ with LGBT community 39
11:21 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron has "gently" warned the Church of England not to repeat mistakes he said his party had made by alienating gay people in its opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.
24th July 2012
Brighton: Green councillor ‘accountable to God’ in equal marriage vote 140
9:41 AM — A councillor from Brighton has said she is 'accountable to God above any political party' after becoming the only member of the city council to vote against supporting civil marriage rights for gay couples.
23rd July 2012
Muppets-makers end partnership with Chick-Fil-A over marriage stance 67
5:35 PM — Creators of the Muppets have called off future partnerships with US fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A followings its donations to anti-gay groups and opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.
Video: Dean of St Albans believes God ‘is Out4Marriage too’ 56
2:16 PM — Dr Jeffrey John, the gay Dean of St Albans, has said God would be in favour of government plans to allow gay couples to marry and said the Church of England's opposition "doesn't deserve to be listened to".
Northern Ireland: Peer reignites argument over ‘perverse’ equal marriage 46
1:48 PM — After suggesting marriage rights for gay couples were a 'rung on the ladder' to legalising sex with animals, Lord Maginnis has said he is 'disgusted' that a Tory think tank supports the move and will campaign to challenge its private funding streams.
Liberia: Senate votes to criminalise gay marriages 29
10:38 AM — The Liberian senate is reported to have approved a bill criminalising gay marriages in the west African state, but it is unclear whether the president would sign it into law.