9th January 2013
New Zealand dismisses complaints against Pope equal marriage blessing advert 8
2:32 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority in New Zealand has dismissed complaints about a new advert which depicts Pope Benedict XVI blessing a gay couple's wedding, saying it is unlikely to cause widespread offence.
UKIP on ‘wrong side of history’ for opposing equal marriage — says sacked youth chairman 15
1:47 PM — Olly Neville, who was removed as the chairman of UKIP’s youth wing, in part due to his support for equal marriage, says the party is on the “wrong side of history” for opposing equality.
Poll: Support for marriage equality in Poland doubled over nine years, but remains low 23
1:16 PM — According to a new poll, support for equal marriage in Poland has doubled since 2003, but still remains low.
US: Washington National Cathedral to start marrying gay couples 16
12:07 PM — The Washington National Cathedral, where America gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.
UKIP removes youth chairman from office for supporting gay rights 93
9:34 AM — UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) has removed the chairman of its youth wing, Young Independence, in part due to his support for same-sex marriage. It has not however removed officials before for stating that gay couples adopting is "child abuse" or that people who read PinkNews should be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
8th January 2013
Conservative MEP: Same-sex marriage is a radical change in social policy 27
5:11 PM — Conservative MEP Giles Chichester has dismissed the government’s equal marriage plans by saying of marriage “It ain’t broke so why spend valuable parliamentary time trying to fix it?”
Comment: Marriage equality is more than a passing possibility in Northern Ireland 14
3:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to Northern Ireland embracing marriage equality in 2013.
Horse McDonald: I came home to get married, even though I was bullied for being gay 14
3:54 PM — Singer Horse McDonald returned to her hometown she left because of homophobia, in order to wed her fiance in a civil partnership.
Poll: Three quarters of Conservative peers call on government to halt equal marriage 53
11:47 AM — Three quarters of Conservative peers say the government should call a halt to its plans to introduce equal marriage for England and Wales, according to ComRes.
US: Gallaudet University reinstates diversity officer suspended for signing equal marriage petition 15
12:12 AM — The diversity officer of a university who was suspended for three months after she signed a petition sent by opponents of marriage equality in the state of Maryland has been reinstated.
7th January 2013
Video: Chick-Fil-A gives pranksters a free chicken burger for renouncing their homosexuality 17
6:59 PM — Pranksters from the Chick-Fil-A Foundation have exchanged a fake coupon for a meal on the condition that they renounced their homosexuality.
US Supreme Court schedules two day hearing for same-sex marriage cases 4
6:28 PM — The US Supreme Court has announced that it will hear two days of arguments relating to same-sex marriage at the end of March.
Rhode Island Catholic bishop: Same-sex marriage is ‘immoral’ and a threat to ‘religious freedom’ 55
5:20 PM — The leader of Rhode Island's Roman Catholic Diocese has described same-sex marriage as "immoral and unnecessary."
Former Archbishop of Glasgow: Same-sex marriage is ‘morally defective’ 59
4:33 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti has described same-sex marriage as "morally defective" and has urged the Scottish Government not to equate "homosexual unions with heterosexual marriage."
Rupert Everett: I was a slut because I was furious at Catholicism 61
1:49 PM — In an interview with the Sunday Times, the gay actor Rupert Everett has said that he was a slut because he was furious with his Catholic faith.
David Cameron: We haven’t made it clear enough that churches won’t be forced to marry gay couples 31
11:28 AM — David Cameron has reaffirmed his commitment to same-sex marriage but said that the Government hasn't communicated the changes very well to those who fear changes being imposed on churches.
6th January 2013
Francoise Hollande supports education minister on Catholic school equal marriage row 15
5:13 PM — French President, Francois Hollande voiced his support for his education minister who wrote a controversial letter urging Catholic schools to avoid bringing the issue of equal marriage into the classroom.
Mario Monti: Decision on Italian marriage equality should be made by parliament 9
4:38 PM — The Italian Premier, Mario Monti, who is backed by the Vatican for his re-election bid, has said that gay rights issues, including marriage equality, should be decided by parliament, not his governement, if he is successful.
Vatican newspaper says equal marriage ‘deceives humanity’, compares it to communism 67
1:43 AM — In not the first attack of its kind, the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican has likened global moves towards marriage equality to 20th century socialist promises which "deceived humanity".
Chile: Marriage equality becomes a key issue in presidential debates 6
1:11 AM — The issue of marriage equality became majorly divisive during the first televised debate between two potential presidential nominees for the Chilean Christian Democrat party.