7th August 2012
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.
New Hampshire: Chick-fil-A manager to sponsor gay pride festival 28
1:35 PM — A manager at Chick-fil-A, a company opposed to equal marriage rights for gay couples, has come out as co-sponsor for a gay pride event next week.
Comment: Christians, we should have been first to back equal marriage 66
11:34 AM — Mastin Kipp, founder of The Daily Love, says Jesus' message was 'about Love, not rules and regulations', and argues Christians should be the first to let their neighbours marry.
Maryland: Poll suggests 54 percent will keep equal marriage at referendum 10
10:47 AM — A poll released by marriage equality advocates in Maryland suggests voters may keep the state's new laws in a ballot later this year, allowing them to come into effect in 2013.
2nd August 2012
Gay rights activists organise Chick-fil-A kiss-ins 39
3:19 PM — On Friday, gay rights activists will stage a ‘kiss-in’ in front of, and inside branches of fast food chain Chick-fil-A across America.
1st August 2012
New Zealand: Equal marriage bill ‘likely to pass first reading’ 19
1:30 PM — A member's bill selected for a vote in the New Zealand parliament reportedly has enough support from MPs to pass its first reading.
Connecticut federal court finds DOMA unconstitutional 7
12:52 PM — A US federal court in Connecticut has become the latest to find the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids recognition of gay marriages at the national level, unconstitutional.
US: Supreme Court asked to hear Proposition 8 appeal 26
11:14 AM — Proponents of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriages in the US state of California, have asked the Supreme Court to overturn two lower judgements that it was unconstitutional.
31st July 2012
‘Vocal minority’ of Tories fear equal marriage will alienate volunteers 67
4:59 PM — The chair of the body which represents volunteers in the Conservative Party and a backbench MP have voiced fears that the government's commitment to marriage equality for gay couples could alienate local activists.
New civil partnerships in the UK up six percent in 2011 19
11:39 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK in 2011 was 6,795, an increase of 6.4 per cent on the previous year.
30th July 2012
US: Democrats move to adopt same-sex marriage as official party platform 9
11:32 PM — The US Democrats are expected to back same-sex marriage part of their official party platform. The move comes little more than three months after President Barack Obama confirmed his own personal support for gay couples being granted the right to marry.
Sarah Palin backs Chick-fil-A 51
11:11 AM — Former Republican Governor of Alaska and television personality Sarah Palin has showed her support for the Chick-Fil-A fast food chain following negative reaction to its stance on gay equality.
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
27th July 2012
Video: Cotswolds councillors appeal for equal marriage debate 18
4:40 PM — Liberal Democrat local councillors in the Cotswolds have appealed over a lack of engagement at the local council with the issue of same-sex marriages.
Amazon founders give $2.5m to equal marriage in Washington 42
1:17 PM — The billionaire founders of e-commerce company Amazon have pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage rights for gay couples in the US state of Washington.
26th July 2012
Equal marriage advocates collect messages for Scottish government ‘thank you’ 45
2:54 PM — Following yesterday's announcement by the Scottish government that it will legislate to recognise marriages between two people of the same sex, equality campaigners are planning a giant 'thank you' card.