23rd July 2012
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.
19th July 2012
Scotland ‘needs faith opt-out from Westminster’ for equal marriage 192
12:07 PM — The Scottish government will 'need' clarification of the UK-wide Equality Act to ensure religious celebrants are not forced to conduct gay weddings against their will, according to a leaked email.
US: Hangover actor abandons anti-gay Chick-Fil-A 9
11:57 AM — A star of the Hangover films and the Office sitcom, Ed Helms, says he will boycott fast food group Chick-Fil-A over its multi-million dollar support for gay marriage opponents.
18th July 2012
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond ‘has not changed his mind’ on marriage 118
4:19 PM — Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed he has not 'changed' his mind about supporting marriage equality between gay and straight couples.
John Barrowman ‘has a problem’ with Cardinal Keith O’Brien 56
2:26 PM — John Barrowman has said he 'has a problem' with the rhetoric of the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien.
Venues which cancelled anti-gay marriage conference ‘like fascists’ 123
11:14 AM — Venues in London which cancelled an anti-gay marriage conference have been accused of exhibiting the behaviour of 'a fascist or Communist regime', after meeting organiser Christian Concern said gay equality advocates were 'right to be scared' of them.
17th July 2012
Chick-Fil-A chief confirms company is opposed to equal marriage 46
11:15 PM — The chief operating officer of US fast food chain Chick-Fil-A has confirmed that his company is against equal marriage rights for gay people. Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged", when asked about its perceived opposition to equal marriage.
No further action against councillor who compared gay marriage with bestiality 13
5:50 PM — No disciplinary action is to be taken against a Conservative party local councillor who compared the government's proposals to legalise gay marriage with legalised bestiality.
Updated: Scottish government fails to reach equal marriage decision 191
4:45 PM — The Scottish government has not reached a decision today on whether to pursue marriage equality for gay couples, frustrating advocates of the move.
Scotland: Government decision on marriage expected today 78
11:42 AM — The Scottish government is expected to make a decision later today about whether to bring forward legislation which would allow gay couples to marry when it publishes details of a public consultation today.
Comment: With rare political consensus, Scotland should be next to let gay couples marry 22
10:47 AM — Labour MP for Glasgow North East Willie Bain says equal marriage will ensure LGBT couples are no longer 'separate but equal', but warns that inequality and homophobia will still exist in Scotland.
16th July 2012
Guildford: Council votes against ‘inappropriate’ equal marriage view 31
3:58 PM — Guildford Council in Surrey has voted not to support the government's plans to allow gay and straight couples an equal right to a civil marriage ceremony, saying it would be 'inappropriate' to take a view.
US: Lesbian couple hopes engagement will inspire equal marriage activism 3
3:08 PM — A couple from Connecticut are sharing the story of their engagement online in the hope it might inspire others and help change civil marriage laws in the US and beyond.
Scotland: Catholic equal marriage referendum ‘a colossal waste of money’ 113
12:36 PM — The call by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK, for a referendum on equal marriage rights for gay couples has been criticised by advocates of the move.
Video: Equal marriage film seeks votes for national awards 6
11:41 AM — Makers of the equal marriage short film Homecoming, which was released earlier this year to support government plans to legalise gay marriages in England and Wales, are appealing for help promoting the film to show in cinemas nationwide.
12th July 2012
Jon Voight backs Brad Pitt’s mother on anti-gay marriage letter 40
4:56 PM — Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie's father, has backed her husband's mother's opposition to gay marriage.
11th July 2012
Irish prime minister refuses to take view on equal marriage 17
12:15 PM — The Irish prime minister, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not be drawn into taking a position on whether marriage should be available to gay couples before a constitutional convention examines the issue.
Northern Ireland: Equal marriage campaign group launched 13
11:13 AM — A new campaigning group, Equal Marriage NI, has been launched to push for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland.
Vince Cable: ‘Difficult’ to justify gay marriage ban 91
10:31 AM — Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he believes the current system of civil partnerships for gay couples is 'fine', but that it is 'difficult' to justify a ban on gay civil marriages and will support plans to lift it.