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.
10th July 2012
Scotland: Anti-gay marriage group’s ‘honest’ poll criticised 58
6:49 PM — Claims by the anti-marriage equality group Scotland for Marriage that a new poll shows majority opposition to equal marriage have been called 'flawed and misleading' by the Equality Network.
Cotswolds: Anger as council shuts down discussion on equal marriage motion 60
5:46 PM — An angry exchange has taken place at a meeting of the Cotswolds District Council in Gloucestershire after discussion of the issue of marriage for gay couples was quashed by leaders.
US: Episcopal Church bishops approve blessing for gay couples 4
4:48 PM — Leading bishops of the two million-strong Episcopal Church in the US have approved a blessing for the relationships of gay couples.
US: Washington state marriage equality supporters raise $1m in June
2:57 PM — The Washington United for Marriage raised nearly $1 million last month in its bid to keep Washington's recently-passed marriage equality laws on the statute books following news that a public ballot will be held on the issue later this year.
Poll: Third of gay and trans Canadians in a same-sex marriage 17
12:30 PM — A Canadian poll has suggested that 5 percent of the 34 million people living in Canada identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and that a third of those are in a gay marriage.
Polynesia: Anglican Church to take view on gay weddings in 2014 5
10:23 AM — The General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has indicated that a decision will not be made on the issue of marriage rights for gay couples until 2014.
9th July 2012
Scotland: Symbolic gay wedding marks ‘final push’ for marriage equality 15
8:09 PM — A symbolic same-sex wedding was held outside the Scottish Parliament on the morning after the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland “declared war” on equal marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury questions mandate for equal marriage rights 71
9:52 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has questioned the government's mandate for the introduction of equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
5th July 2012
Evening Standard backs religious marriage rights for gay couples 14
3:55 PM — The Evening Standard has backed marriage rights for gay couples in religious ceremonies today.
Scotland: Former first minister backs marriage for gay couples 18
2:23 PM — Scotland’s former First Minister, Jack McConnell, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation which would allow gay couples to marry.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backs religious marriages for gay couples 63
1:03 PM — The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has become the most senior figure in the government to voice personal support for religious gay marriage rights today.
4th July 2012
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to hear Defence of Marriage cases 10
7:35 PM — The Obama administration's Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear two cases against the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). AP reports that the earliest the cases are likely to be heard is September, with a decision made in June 2013.
Shadow home secretary meets with liberal faith groups on equal marriage 18
4:59 PM — The shadow home secretary hosted a roundtable discussion on equal marriage rights for gay couples in London today, inviting religious figures to discuss their support for religious recognition in the government's plans.
Northern Ireland: Public meeting on equal marriage in Belfast tomorrow 7
4:27 PM — A free public conference will be held tomorrow evening in Belfast to unite supporters of equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland into a new campaigning group.
Updated: Scottish government has not delayed marriage equality decision 47
2:13 PM — The Scottish government had erroneously stated earlier today it would announce its decision on same-sex marriage in August, leaving gay rights groups further disappointed by delays. The government has now confirmed a decision will be announced in July. Please see the update in the story.
3rd July 2012
3,000 gay couples marry in New York 5
10:39 PM — In the 12 months since equal marriage was legalised in New York, more than 3,000 gay couples have tied the knot. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the number of gay weddings since June 24th 2011 stands at 3,037, not including New York City.
French gay couples to get marriage and adoption rights in 2013 27
8:45 PM — France's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told parliament today that gay couples will be permitted to marry and adopt children in 2013. Mr Ayrault was making a keynote speech setting out the socialist government's five-year political and social agenda.