3rd September 2013
Exclusive Video: X Factor finalist Melanie Masson backs equal marriage for Scotland
12:56 PM — X Factor Finalist Melanie Masson is the latest to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time video campaign.
US: Gay couples claim a third of all marriage licenses in Minnesota 3
11:23 AM — An Associated Press survey has found that ever since same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Minnesota, gay couples have received nearly a third of all marriage licenses in the state.
US: Oregon bakery which refused cake for same-sex wedding closes down 27
10:12 AM — Sweet Cakes, an Oregon Bakery sued in August for refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, has closed its doors.
2nd September 2013
US: Judge rules that Veterans Affairs agency must pay benefits to same-sex spouse 1
6:44 PM — A federal judge in the US has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must pay equal benefits to a California veteran in a same-sex marriage.
Watch the Australian PM destroy a pastor’s arguments against same-sex marriage 18
4:02 PM — In a Q&A appearance on Australian television, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defended his support of same-sex marriage after a local pastor challenged him to measure his views against the Biblical definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
US: Mary Cheney slams her sister’s opposition to same-sex marriage 6
12:07 PM — Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of former US vice-president Dick Cheney, has condemned her older sister, a Republican who is running for the Senate, for her opposition to same-sex marriage.
New Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis vows to maintain ‘orthodox’ stance against same-sex marriages 62
11:01 AM — Britain's new Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, says he wants gay Jewish people to feel at "home" in orthodox synagogues, but has sworn out any possibility for same-sex marriages.
Comment: Marriage is a step into the unknown for many gay people 32
10:02 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Stephen Mansell says the arrival of equal marriage may resemble a brave new world when it comes to many gay relationships.
1st September 2013
First US Supreme Court Justice officiates at same-sex wedding 3
3:26 PM — US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at the wedding of a gay couple.
31st August 2013
Taiwan: Gay activists plan ‘wedding banquet’ for same-sex unions
2:13 PM — Over 800 activists have pledged to support the "Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights" campaign this September, in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions.
US: Women’s basketball star protests against same-sex marriage 64
1:39 PM — A Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) player has spoke out against an LGBT anti-discrimination bill in San Antonio, saying she does not support same-sex marriages.
US Supreme Court Justice to conduct same-sex marriage ceremony this weekend 6
12:58 AM — US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to become the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at the wedding of a gay couple in a ceremony to be conducted later today (Saturday).
30th August 2013
US: New Mexico county clerks urge further clarification on equal marriage law 4
7:05 PM — Several County Clerks in the US state of New Mexico have joined together to urge the Supreme Court in the state to rule on equal marriage, following a district court ruling earlier this week.
Archbishop of Wales backs Cardiff Mardi Gras and says Church needs to support LGBT people 17
4:52 PM — The Archbishop of Wales has issued a message of support for this weekend's Cardiff Mardi Gras and at the same time admits the Anglican Church has not always treated LGBT people "with the respect they deserve."
US: Republican Governor admits comparison between equal marriage and child marriage was ‘inappropriate’ 2
4:29 PM — Pennsylvanian Governor, Tom Corbett has admitted that his lawyers used an "inappropriate analogy", when they said the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples was no different from issuing marriage licenses to children.
US: IRS announces recognition of same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes 10
2:28 PM — The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has announced that same-sex couples who are legally married will now be recognised for federal tax purposes, irrespective of their home state's legal position on equal marriage.
Australian Labor Party senior official believes equal marriage goes against ‘Christ’s message’ 46
1:14 PM — A senior official in the Australian Labor Party described same-sex marriage as “not normal” in a newly published video.
Greg Mulholland MP says Lib Dem MPs ‘pilloried’ in party for voting against equal marriage 48
11:55 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland says Members of his party who voted against this year's same-sex marriage bill had been "pilloried" by fellow colleagues.
29th August 2013
US: Republican lawyers draw comparison with child marriage in case against equal marriage clerk 11
7:29 PM — Attorney's for Pennsylvanian Governor, Tom Corbett have argued that granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples is no different than if the state were to issue licenses to children.
US: New Mexico GOP slams judge for ‘reckless’ ruling to allow equal marriage 5
6:41 PM — A Republican US Representative has heavily criticised a New Mexico judge's ruling earlier this week which paved the way to the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the state.