4th December 2012
Tory MP Richard Bacon’s motion to repeal Human Rights Act defeated 30
4:02 PM — MPs have defeated a bid by Conservative MP Richard Bacon to scrap the Human Rights Act, which opponents of equal marriage have argued is a key threat to religious freedom.
France: President’s partner to be a witness at one of the first same-sex weddings 2
2:51 PM — Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of the French President François Hollande, has shown her support for moves to make marriage equal by announcing that she will be a witness at one of the first same-sex marriages.
Germany: Angela Merkel faces party divide over tax breaks for gay couples 11
8:12 AM — Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a divide within her ruling Christian Democratic Union party, over tax reliefs for gay couples, which have so far been reserved for married, straight, couples.
3rd December 2012
US: County holds lottery for first gay couples to receive marriage licenses
11:42 PM — Ten Washington couples will be among the first to receive marriage licenses, as the new equal marriage law comes into effect at 12.01am on Thursday morning.
US Radio host: ‘Same-sex marriage encourages children to have gay sex’ 96
9:43 PM — Linda Harvey, a radio host with an Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has said that same-sex marriage is wrong because it encourages children to have gay sex.
US Supreme Court fails again to decide on equal marriage cases 5
3:33 PM — The US Supreme Court once again failed today to indicate whether it plans to hear multiple cases related to equal marriage.
Tory councillor warns David Cameron introducing same-sex marriage will displease God 97
2:50 PM — A Conservative councillor in Henley, Oxfordshire, has invoked the prime minister’s Christian faith as a reason why he should abandon plans to introduce equal marriage.
Israel grants first divorce to gay married couple 11
1:29 PM — For the first time, an Israeli court has granted the divorce of a gay couple, a move that may have widespread ramifications across the country.
Wife of anti-equal marriage Tory MP disagrees with his stance 36
1:23 PM — Conservative MP Henry Smith has admitted to his local newspaper that his own wife doesn’t agree with him when it comes to opposing equal marriage.
Gay GOP lawmaker: ‘I thought my same-sex attraction would simply go away’ 29
12:50 PM — A gay central Pennsylvania state Republican, who was married to a woman for almost a decade, says his Christian faith kept him from coming out for years.
1st December 2012
Video: Sir Ian McKellen says ‘I want to get married in Middle Earth’ for same-sex marriage campaign 14
8:26 PM — X-Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video for a New Zealand equal marriage campaign.
30th November 2012
US: Supreme Court delays action on same-sex marriage appeals 10
11:14 PM — The US Supreme Court took no action on Friday on deciding whether to formally accept a series of appeals over the issue of same-sex marriage.
29th November 2012
US Supreme Court to decide whether to accept same-sex marriage cases 16
11:59 PM — The US Supreme Court is to decide on Friday whether to deal now with whether the bans on gay couples marrying across many parts of the United States are unconstitutional.
US: Teacher suspended for letting student play pro-gay equality song to class 33
9:22 PM — A teacher at a school in South Lyon, Michigan has been suspended without pay for allowing a student to play a song about gay love to his class.
Comment: UKIP and homosexuality – a gay member’s view 207
2:08 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Nicholas Dancer, a university student and member of UKIP says the party is not a bunch of “fruit cakes and loonies" and that Britain should leave the European Union if it wants to legalise equal marriage.
Anti-gay preacher Rick Warren: “It wouldn’t bother me if we found a gay gene” 34
11:53 AM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren had told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that the “jury is still out” on whether people are born gay or become gay.
Comment: The dangers of social media 7
11:00 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, employment lawyer Anna Furness says the recent high profile legal case of Christian housing worker Adrian Smith, who was demoted by his employer for posting anti-equality remarks on Facebook, illustrates the potential dangers of social media for employees.
28th November 2012
US: Washington marriage certificates to reflect legalisation of same-sex marriage 7
11:00 PM — Washington State's Department of Health is currently reviewing the text displayed on marriage certificates, with a view to bring it in line with recently introduced equal marriage law.
NUS launches “I saw daddy kissing Santa Claus” equal marriage campaign 7
6:33 PM — The National Union of Students today launched a campaign aiming to push the Prime Minister to move forward legislation which could legalise equal marriage in Britain.
London MP’s opposition to equal marriage branded ‘absolute disgrace’ by gay councillor 35
2:16 PM — Conservative MP David Evennett says he won’t be voting for equal marriage because he is a "strong supporter of traditional marriage".