7th November 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer receives Spectator Award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year 1
4:20 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has been honoured with the Spectator Award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year.
Baroness Tina Stowell receives Spectator Award for Peer of the Year 2
4:07 PM — Baroness Tina Stowell of Beeston has been given the Spectator award for Peer of the Year in its 2013 Awards.
6th November 2013
Illinois Governor to sign equal marriage into law this month 4
5:56 PM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state later this month.
Irish Labour MEP calls for equal marriage referendum to be held next year rather than 2015 10
4:03 PM — Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015.
US: Cardinal who compared Pride to Ku Klux Klan rally says Illinois equal marriage is ‘bad legislation’ 15
3:19 PM — Chicago Cardinal Francis George, who once compared gay rights campaigners to the Ku Klux Klan, has come out in opposition to the recent passing of same-sex marriage in Illinois, calling it "bad legislation."
Same-sex marriage opponent Chris Christie re-elected New Jersey governor 3
12:26 PM — Chris Christie, who fought against the arrival of equal marriage in New Jersey, has been re-elected governor of the state.
Obama: I applaud the Illinois General Assembly for passing equal marriage bill
12:29 AM — President Barack Obama has praised the Illinois General Assembly, on which he used to serve for voting to make same-sex marriage legal.
5th November 2013
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny: I will support and fight for equal marriage 11
11:31 PM — The Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has pledged that he will campaign strongly in favour of same-sex marriage in an upcoming referendum.
Illinois House passes bill to make same-sex marriage legal 2
10:18 PM — The Illinois House has voted 61-54 in favour of making same-sex marriage legal.
Illinois vote on equal marriage could take place as soon as today 4
7:26 PM — A vote will take place in the US state of Illinois on Tuesday, on a bill to legalise equal marriage, reports suggest.
US: Hawaii House to hear fifth day of equal marriage testimony in ‘unprecendented’ hearing
7:05 PM — The House Judiciary and Finance Committee will on Tuesday hear a fifth day of testimony around a bill to legalise equal marriage.
Scotland’s Health Secretary calls on MSPs to support equal marriage 1
6:02 PM — In a speech this evening at a reception for the Equality Network, Scotland’s Health Secretary will encourage Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote for equal marriage.
Hawaii police officer: ‘You would have to kill me’ before I would enforce an equal marriage law 18
5:45 PM — Monday's equal marriage debate in the House of Representatives in the US state of Hawaii saw over 5,000 testify both for and against equal marriage, but one police officer shocked with his statement.
US: Texas Supreme Court to take up arguments around equal marriage ban 1
5:19 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of Texas on Tuesday will hear arguments in a case which could challenge the state's constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Irish Government confirms 2015 equal marriage referendum 29
3:10 PM — Ireland's cabinet has formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘We must win a future referendum on equal marriage’ 3
11:57 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister says the government “must win” a future referendum on equal marriage and concedes that victory is by no means a certainty.
4th November 2013
Marriage tax allowance to benefit 420,000 London married couples and civil partners 9
7:51 PM — The marriage tax allowance which will take effect from 2015, will allow 420,000 Londoners, both gay and straight, to claim a transferrable tax allowance.
Video: Children react to same-sex proposals 18
7:21 PM — This video, uploaded by the Fine Bros, explores the issue of equal marriage, and same-sex relationships, with children, and documents their (mainly quite adorable) reactions to same-sex proposal videos.
Irish Prime Minister warned ‘referendum fatigue’ could threaten result of equal marriage vote 6
3:39 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister has been warned by some within his party that a referendum on equal marriage could be lost – simply because the Irish people are suffering from “referendum fatigue”.
US: Hopeful to be Maine Governor comes out as gay: ‘I’m not ashamed of who I am’ 1
1:01 PM — A hopeful for the office of Governor in the US state of Maine has come out as gay, saying he wants to counter "whisper campaigns" raising questions about his sexuality.