2nd September 2012
Northern Ireland: Alliance Party votes in favour of equal marriage 13
12:25 AM — The Alliance Party in Northern Ireland has voted in favour of introducing equal marriage. The motion passed, calling for “equal civil marriage with robust protection for faith groups”.
30th August 2012
Warning made to US churches that collecting money for anti-equality causes is not allowed 8
9:12 PM — Churches in Washington have been reminded that they are not to act as intermediaries by taking donations for political causes, including a group attempting to overturn the legalisation of equal marriage in the state.
Tasmania: equal marriage bill passes in first stage of parliament 20
8:35 PM — Tasmanian advocators of equal marriage celebrated today, as a bill to legalise same-sex marriage was passed in the first chamber of parliament.
29th August 2012
Update: New Zealand parliament supports equal marriage 80 votes to 40 39
7:10 PM — The New Zealand Marriage Amendment Bill, which would legalise equal marriage, has passed its first reading with a majority in parliament in support of the change.
New Zealand: a thousand march on Parliament in support of equal marriage 5
2:50 AM — Around a thousand supporters of equal marriage marched through Wellington to push forward on support for a bill which will have its first reading today, and would legalize same-sex marriage.
27th August 2012
Students lobby Christian Labour MP over equal marriage 29
12:41 PM — The LGBT Society at the University of Huddersfield recently met with Barry Sheerman MP, a devout Christian for an informal discussion.
26th August 2012
Scottish government urged to “stand firm” on equal marriage decision 13
7:36 PM — Supporters of equal marriage rights have put pressure on the Scottish government to stand by their policy on equal marriage, following condemnation by the Catholic Church today.
Republican Mayor of San Diego speaks out in favour of equal marriage 4
1:05 AM — In a TV advert which is to be broadcast during the Republican National Convention, The Mayor of San Diego, California, has spoken urging voters to support equal marriage for all.
23rd August 2012
Hugh Hefner announces support for equal marriage 13
9:18 PM — The publishing veteran is adamant that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage is a basic infringement of their human rights.
Bishop of Buckingham: ‘Church should get its head around gay relationships and be @Out4Marriage’ 68
1:04 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham has become the most senior member of the Church of England to join the Out4Marriage campaign to introduce equal same-sex marriage in the UK. But a spokesman for the Church says that his message of equality is not the official view of the Church of England.
20th August 2012
Video: Boris Johnson comes @Out4Marriage and says marriage is a ‘happy state’ 53
1:31 PM — The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has become the most high-profile Tory in the country to release a video message in support of the global campaign for equal marriage.
19th August 2012
Cardinal snubs Scottish government over equal marriage 102
1:57 PM — Britain's most senior Roman Catholic has moved to further isolate himself with Alex Salmond’s government after suspending direct communication over the issue of equal marriage.
12th August 2012
Australia: Premiers of South Australia and Tasmania promise same-sex marriage 11
11:42 AM — The premiers of South Australia and Tasmania say that they will legislate to introduce same-sex marriage regardless of what Australian federal prime minister Julia Gillard or parliament does.
8th August 2012
Berenstain Bears told to stay away from Chick-fil-A 9
6:35 PM — The publisher of a line of children’s books has been urged to cut their ties with the US fast food chain Chick-fil-A - due to its position on equal marriage.
7th August 2012
US: Gay wedding magazine dubs today National Marriage Equality Day 4
4:50 PM — Equal marriage advocates in the US have dubbed today, 7 August, National Marriage Equality Day following the unofficial Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day last week.
Tory poll: Dropping equal marriage and Lords reforms ‘seventh best election idea’ 73
12:46 PM — A survey by the grassroots Tory website ConservativeHome suggests dropping reform of the House of Lords and equal marriage rights for gay couples ranks seventh among readers in a list of ways to improve the party's chances at the next general election.
6th August 2012
Australia: Tasmania to legislate for equal marriage rights if federal bill fails 11
4:19 PM — The Parliament of Tasmania may pass equal marriage laws for the island's gay couples after the Australian state's premier announced support for the move.
France: Catholic Church opposes gay adoption in revived national prayer 42
3:20 PM — The Catholic Church in France is reviving a tradition begun in the 17th century of praying for the country on 15 August to hope the government does not listen to "special requests" and to oppose gay adoption.
3rd August 2012
Scotland: SNP activist resigns over ‘undemocratic’ equal marriage decision 38
5:30 PM — Robert Stewart, an SNP volunteer for 22 years has resigned over Scottish party leaders’ decision to push forward on marriage equality for gay couples in Scotland.
US band Train speak out about anti-gay website’s use of song 12
5:12 PM — San Francisco band, Train, are “upset” that their song “Marry Me” was used on a New Zealand website set up in opposition gay marriage.