22nd February 2013
Australia: Gender-discrimination challenge to equal marriage ban thrown out by judge 7
5:00 PM — An Australian judge this week threw out a challenge to the national ban on equal marriage, on the grounds that the law banning same-sex marriage does not discriminate against people based on gender.
Ann Widdecombe: Christians against same-sex marriage in Britain should protest on the streets 97
3:31 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has urged Christian opponents of equal marriage to stage street protests and has said: "I am very sad that it is a Conservative-led Government driving this legislation through".
Associated Press style guide allows ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ to be used for gay married couples 4
2:12 PM — The Associated Press has updated its guidelines on reporting on same-sex married couples, saying that the words "husband" or "wife" were acceptable, despite sending a memo earlier in February saying "generally" those terms should not be used.
Former Utah Governor: ‘There is nothing conservative about denying equal marriage to gay people’ 7
1:26 PM — A former Republican Governor of Utah has come out in support of equal marriage, urging other Republicans to do the same.
21st February 2013
Newspaper story of ‘historic’ lesbian wedding sparks outrage in rural Mississippi 11
6:26 PM — A newspaper in Mississippi has defended its decision to run a cover story which featured what it called the first equal marriage in its county.
Comment: ‘Concern’ for the children of gay parents is just 2013′s acceptable face of bigotry 14
5:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Christopher Gen argues that "concern" for the children of gay parents is just 2013′s acceptable face of bigotry; he argues that this isn’t a ‘gay rights’ issue – it’s a human rights one.
Laura Bush asks to be removed from same-sex marriage advert 10
4:07 PM — Former first lady Laura Bush has asked an organisation to remove a video clip of her from an advert promoting same-sex marriage – with the group having failed to ask for her permission.
East Surrey and Gloucestershire Tories resign over same-sex marriage bill 37
12:23 PM — Conservative Party members, Michael Keenan of East Surrey and Alan Bensted of Gloucestershire are resigning in protest over the same-sex marriage bill.
Obama considers intervening on Supreme Court equal marriage decision 10
12:07 PM — President Obama is considering intervening on the Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8, the controversial ruling that banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008.
UK: News giant Reuters announces support for same-sex marriage bill 7
11:06 AM — International news and media giant Thomson Reuters, which runs the Reuters news agency, is throwing its weight behind the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
Puerto Rico: Supreme Court upholds gay adoption ban 2
1:24 AM — The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico voted on Wednesday to uphold a law banning same-sex couples from adopting children.
20th February 2013
Italian centre-right party says ‘Vote with your heart, not with your ass’ 2
6:31 PM — Candidates of Italy’s centre-right party, Fratelli d’Italia, have been criticised for making a homophobic political advertisement on YouTube - which has now been removed.
Labour MP Steve Reed: Gordon Brown was ‘wrong’ not to support same-sex marriage as PM 15
5:21 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Steve Reed, Labour's newly elected MP for Croydon North, says Gordon Brown's failure to support marriage equality as PM and Labour leader is a source of regret.
US: Poll shows that half of Illinois residents support equal marriage
4:59 PM — A poll of Illinois residents has found that half of people living in the state supported a bill to legalise equal marriage, with the percentage in opposition to it much lower.
Poll: 59% of Americans oppose the Defense of Marriage Act 4
3:44 PM — A new poll has found that almost two thirds of Americans registered to vote oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, and that just over half support equal marriage for same-sex couples.
Oxfordshire: ‘Bible-believing’ Tory councillor defects to UKIP over same-sex marriage 30
2:41 PM — Oxfordshire local councillor, David Silvester has resigned from the Conservative Party because of David Cameron's decision to introduce same-sex marriage.
Registrars should not have to marry gay couples says Tory MP David Burrowes 76
1:07 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes, who last week accused PinkNews of “fomenting hostility” against the opponents of equal marriage, also believes registrars should not have to marry gay couples.
US: Former first lady Laura Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney to star in equal marriage ads 4
12:14 PM — A media campaign in support of same-sex marriage will feature President Barack Obama, ex-first lady Laura Bush and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney.
19th February 2013
US Head of Christian group suggests that same-sex parents should be ‘cast into the sea’ 45
6:08 PM — The executive director of a Christian anti-gay group in the US has referred to a study which claimed that children of gay parents were worse off than those with straight parents, and quoted scripture which read that those doubting God should be "cast into the sea".
Alaskan Republicans apologise for ‘inappropriate’ laughter over same-sex unions question 7
6:06 PM — Leading Repiblicans of the Alaska House of Representatives have apologised for laughing when the issue of civil unions was raised at a caucus.