10th September 2013
Archbishop of Constantinople says gay relationships are ‘reprehensible new inventions’ 122
2:58 PM — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, has called gay relationships "reprehensible," and said that cohabitations between same-sex couples are "new inventions."
Broadcaster Muriel Gray urges Scotland’s politicians to ‘examine your conscience’ on equal marriage 2
1:27 PM — Scottish author and broadcaster Muriel Gray has called on the Scottish Parliament to legalise equal marriage in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
US: Gay man announced to replace Batwoman writers who left after DC Comics ‘prohibited’ gay wedding 1
1:06 PM — Following controversy at DC Comics when two Batwoman writers announced their departure after the company "prohibited" the superhero's lesbian marriage, DC publishers have since hired an openly gay man to take their place.
US: Hawaii Governor calls for special legislative session to consider same-sex marriage bill
9:53 AM — The Governor of the US state of Hawaii has called for a special legislative session to move forward a bill that would legalise same-sex marriage.
9th September 2013
US: Campaign for equal marriage in Ohio heats up with announcement of three-city campaign 2
5:48 PM — Moves to overturn the equal marriage ban in the US state of Ohio are building momentum, with a three-city announcement of the Why Marriage Matters campaign.
US: Mayor in Tennessee offers support for health benefits for gay partners of city employees
2:48 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Tennessee has thrown his support behind a push towards providing equal health benefits for same-sex partners of city employees.
James Franco responds to gay jokes: ‘I wish I was gay’ 20
2:47 PM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to rumours and jokes about his sexuality, saying "I wish I was gay" because being gay is "awesome."
India: Archbishop of Mumbai says being gay is ‘not a sin’ 12
2:06 PM — In a recent letter to LGBT activist groups in India, the Archbishop of Mumbai has said he would advise priests to be more sensitive while referring to gay people in public sermons, affirming "to say those with other sexual orientations are sinners is wrong."
Exclusive: The Proclaimers say ‘it is vital’ that Scotland legalises equal marriage 2
1:01 PM — Scottish rock band The Proclaimers have urged the Scottish Parliament to back equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
8th September 2013
South Korea: Gay couple hold first ever public same-sex wedding despite anti-gay law
11:10 AM — Two gay filmmakers staged the first public same-sex wedding in South Korea on Saturday, despite laws which prohibit gay couples from marrying in the country.
Taiwan: Gay activists take part in mass ‘wedding banquet’ for same-sex unions
10:35 AM — More than 1,200 activists in Taiwan took part in a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions in the country.
7th September 2013
US: New Mexico Supreme Court agrees to take on equal marriage case
8:23 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico has agreed to decide whether equal marriage should be legal across the state, after several counties began recently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Bishop of Gloucester: ‘The Church of England has to be sorry for its treatment of gay people’ 74
6:49 PM — The Bishop of Gloucester has said he thinks it is time for the Church of England to apologise for its treatment of the gay community.
Australia votes to reject Kevin Rudd and his promise of overturning gay marriage ban 83
12:17 PM — Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lost the general election and with it dash the hopes of Australia introducing same-sex marriage.
6th September 2013
US: New Mexico clerk issuing same-sex marriage licences asks for support for legal case against him 3
6:27 PM — A county clerk from Dona Ana in the US State of New Mexico, the first to begin issuing same-sex marriage licences, has asked for financial support in order to defend himself in a lawsuit from Republican lawmakers.
The top 12 strangest arguments against equal marriage from Scotland’s first day of Committee stage 45
5:36 PM — Yesterday the Scottish Parliament held its first evidence session on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill; the legislation that could introduce equal marriage in Scotland.
US: Hawaii democrats to meet Governor to discuss draft equal marriage legislation 1
3:41 PM — House Democrats in the US state of Hawaii are set to meet Governor Neil Abercrombie and the attorney general to discuss draft equal marriage legislation for the state.
US: Pennsylvania state to pay $400 per hour to private lawyer to defend equal marriage ban 3
3:33 PM — The US state of Pennsylvania is to pay at least $400 (£250) an hour to a private law firm who will defend a 1996 state law banning equal marriage in a legal challenge brought against it.
John Barrowman: ‘I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to be gay’ 21
2:37 PM — Addressing fans at a recent science-fiction convention, John Barrowman said that being gay is "not a choice," and that he did not wake up one morning to say, "I'm going to have coffee, eggs, bacon, and I'm going to be gay."
Comment: This week saw a promising start for equal marriage legislation in Scotland 4
1:24 PM — The Equality Network's Tom French reflects on the first day of evidence heard by the Scottish Parliament around equal marriage legislation yesterday, saying it was a promising start to the bill's journey.