22nd June 2013
Tory MPs write ‘alternative queen’s speech’ urging referendum on equal marriage 80
5:02 PM — Conservative MPs have drawn up an 'alternative queen's speech', including policies to hold a referendum on equal marriage, bring back the death penalty, ban the wearing of burkas in public and to rename a public holiday after Margaret Thatcher.
France: Prison sentence for illegal anti-equal marriage protester sparks new protests 13
4:29 PM — Equal marriage opponents in France took to the streets on Friday to protest against the prison term given to a man who was part of an illegal anti-equal marriage demonstration, who fled from police, and gave a false identity when caught.
21st June 2013
Lord Stoddart urges for potential withdrawal from European Court due to equal marriage bill 56
5:58 PM — Former Labour MP Lord Stoddart says the UK must be prepared to leave the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) if it comes into conflict with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.
Scotland: Review on civil partnerships for hetrosexual couples to be announced next week 13
12:17 PM — Plans to allow heterosexual couples to be allowed to have civil partnerships in Scotland are expected to be unveiled next week as part of a review.
Tory MP David Burrowes: The equal marriage bill will lead to an ‘adulterer’s charter’ 87
11:24 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has accused the government of creating an “adulterer’s charter” as part of its equal marriage reforms.
20th June 2013
Poll: 92% of Nigerians support proposed bill to criminalise same-sex marriage 39
7:05 PM — A new poll has found that 92% of Nigerians are in support of a proposed bill to make same-sex marriages punishable with 14 year prison sentences.
Tasmanian marriage equality advocates urge state Upper House to revisit equal marriage 4
6:14 PM — Tasmanian marriage equality advocates have called on the state Upper House to revisit same-sex marriage after a bill on the issue was voted down in the Senate this morning.
US: Minnesota poll shows slight majority of residents support decision to legalise same-sex marriage 2
5:45 PM — A new poll has found that a small majority of Minnesotans are in favour of the decision by lawmakers to legalise equal marriage earlier this year.
Tory MP Matthew Offord: Equal marriage ‘is an attack on religion’ 68
5:24 PM — Conservative MP Matthew Offord has compared the equal marriage bill to part of what he sees as an anti-religious campaign.
US Supreme Court equal marriage decision expected on Monday, as no decision today 4
3:24 PM — The US Supreme Court failed to announce its opinion on two key equal marriage cases today, and is now expected to do so on Monday, which is the last expected date to make a decision.
US Supreme Court could make ruling on key equal marriage cases today 2
3:04 PM — The US Supreme Court could be about to make a decision on two key equal marriage cases, as it is expected to do so before summer recess, and is running out of allotted decision days
The state of play on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords committee stage 44
1:51 AM — As the House of Lords has just wrapped up Wednesday's second day of debates around the equal marriage bill in its committee stage, here is the simple state of play on the bill.
US: Florida LGBT groups launch effort to repeal state ban on equal marriage 2
12:21 AM — Two LGBT rights groups in the US state of Florida have launched a joint effort to begin to reverse the state's ban on equal marriage.
19th June 2013
Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.
Amendments urging for civil registrars to opt out of equal marriage ceremonies withdrawn from bill 10
7:04 PM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill seeking to allow civil registrars to opt out of providing same-sex marriages have been withdrawn.
US: Third Republican Senator comes out in favour of equal marriage 4
5:47 PM — A third Republican US Senator has come out in favour of equal marriage, following the lead of two others earlier this year.
South Australia officially congratulates New Zealand on equal marriage, ahead of introduction of its own bill 2
4:23 PM — The South Australian parliament has passed a motion to officially congratulate New Zealand for passing its same-sex marriage bill earlier this year, ahead of the introduction of its own bill later this week.
Watch LIVE: House of Lords debates same-sex marriage amendments
4:22 PM — Watch peers in the House of Lords during the second day of debates over amendments to the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill.
Tory MP John Glen criticises Bishop of Salisbury for voicing support for equal marriage 43
1:26 PM — A Conservative MP who is against same-sex marriage has criticised the Bishop of Salisbury for comparing those who oppose the reform to Christians who defended slavery and apartheid.
Humanist weddings and equal marriage pension rights to be debated by peers 9
11:42 AM — Plans for humanist weddings and pension rights for those in same-sex marriages will feature in this afternoon’s House of Lords debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.