30th August 2013
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.
US: New Mexico lesbian couple denied marriage licence file lawsuit against state 2
6:01 PM — A lesbian couple in the county of Sandoval, New Mexico, has filed a lawsuit after being denied a marriage licence.
US: Hawaii Governor attempts to push lawmakers towards legalising equal marriage 2
3:51 PM — The Governor of the US state of Hawaii on Wednesday moved to push lawmakers into beginning the process of legalising equal marriage.
Rab C Nesbitt star Elaine C Smith: ‘I’ll be so proud when Scotland passes equal marriage’ 6
12:52 PM — Elaine C Smith, best known for playing the long-suffering wife of Rab C Nesbitt in the BBC sitcom of the same name, has recorded a video for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
28th August 2013
Comment: Will LGBT people fall into matrimony with the arrival of equal marriage? 33
6:13 PM — Gary Powell writes on whether the signing into law of equal marriage for England and Wales will also herald in a new era of social conservatism for the LGBT community.
Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘My stance against equal marriage can be seen as wicked’ 47
4:35 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that his stance against same-sex marriage could be seen as "wicked".
Exclusive: Hardeep Singh Kohli: ‘Gays should suffer marriage like everyone else’ 6
2:49 PM — Scottish writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli has said gay people must suffer marriage too, in a tongue-in-cheek interview conducted as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
27th August 2013
Walmart extends health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners 6
7:56 PM — The largest retailer in the US, Walmart, has announced that it is to offer health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners beginning next year.
US: Republican lawmakers consider legal action over New Mexico county issuing same-sex marriage licences 9
4:08 PM — Republican lawmakers in the US state of New Mexico have said they are considering legal action over a judge's decision to make a broad ruling that same-sex couples should not be excluded from being issue marriage certificates.
US: Judge rules that equal marriage must be recognised in state of New Mexico 9
2:02 PM — A judge in the US state of New Mexico has indirectly ruled that equal marriage be made legal, as he ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriages is a form of sexual discrimination.
Kenya criminalises homosexuality but allows for straight polyandry and polygamy 18
12:43 PM — When opponents claim same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy maybe they should look at Kenya – the country criminalises homosexuality – yet two Kenyan men have signed an agreement to marry the same woman.
26th August 2013
Rap star Macklemore: ‘Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation’ 10
3:54 PM — Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their pro-equal marriage track “Same Love” alongside Jennifer Hudson and Mary Lambert at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Bishop of Honolulu: Equal marriage could lead to polygamy and incest 85
12:44 PM — The Bishop of Honolulu has warned against attempts to legalise equal marriage in Hawaii.
Exclusive: Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri says It’s Time for equal marriage in Scotland 1
12:04 PM — Scottish musician Sharleen Spiteri is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland.
25th August 2013
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.