22nd November 2012
French president U-turns on same-sex marriage opt-out idea 16
1:06 PM — French President Francois Hollande appears to have backtracked on suggestions that mayors who oppose equal marriage should be allowed to personally opt-out from pending legislation.
21st November 2012
France: ‘Mosque for gays’ with mixed prayer groups to be opened in Paris 37
8:59 PM — A mosque aimed specifically at gay people, and which would provide mixed gender prayer groups, is set to open in Paris at the end of November.
French president hints at concessions over same-sex marriage bill 30
4:15 PM — French President Francois Hollande has suggested that mayors who oppose equal marriage should be allowed to personally opt-out from pending legislation.
18th November 2012
Mayor of Reykjavik: Homophobes aren’t scared, they’re just assholes 79
1:08 PM — The Mayor of Reykjavik, Jón Gnarr, a long time advocate of equality, has spoken out online at the protest yesterday in Paris against equal marriage rights for gay couples.
France: Thousands protest against equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples 61
5:58 AM — Thousands of people have taken to the streets of several French cities to protest against the country's recently approved bill which would allow equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
15th November 2012
France: Book claims far-right nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen had gay experiences 21
11:53 PM — A book has claimed that the far-right French nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen had a homosexual experience with a fellow politician.
9th November 2012
Vatican paper brushes off equal marriage victories 32
8:41 PM — The semi-official newspaper of the Holy See, L’Osservatore Romano, is seeking to downplay this week’s equal marriage victories in the US and Europe.
8th November 2012
In Photos: Paris equal marriage rally 1
4:47 PM — Images of this week's large-scale equal marriage rally in Paris.
7th November 2012
France: Thousands rally for equal marriage and adoption rights 9
11:18 PM — Thousands of demonstrators turned up to rally at the National Assembly in Paris on Wednesday evening to show support for equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
France unveils same-sex marriage bill 15
4:16 PM — French President Francois Hollande’s government has approved a bill to legalise equal marriage and allow gay couples to adopt.
6th November 2012
Spain to decide on same-sex marriage law 18
2:33 PM — Spain's Constitutional Court is expected to rule on an appeal against the country's equal marriage law this evening.
5th November 2012
Same-sex marriage test for France 21
6:17 PM — French President Francois Hollande has privately conceded that the religious opponents of his equal marriage plans are proving to be “tough”.
30th October 2012
French political leader calls for same-sex marriage protests 37
11:02 AM — The leader of France’s main centre-right opposition party has called for street protests to take place across the country over the government’s proposed equal marriage law.
23rd October 2012
French president accused of making U-turn on gay fertility rights 9
12:31 PM — French President Francois Hollande has been accused of dropping plans to allow same-sex couples access to fertility treatment.
19th October 2012
France delays equal marriage debate 13
6:54 PM — French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has reportedly confirmed that the country's draft equal marriage bill will now be introduced at the later date of 7 November 2012.
10th October 2012
France sets date to say ‘oui’ for equal marriage 26
9:25 PM — France has named October 31 as the date when a draft law authorising equal marriage will be approved by government ministers.
7th October 2012
France: More officials speak out against equal marriage 7
10:46 PM — The prospect of new legislation allowing gay people in France to marry and adopt has been met with opposition from religious groups as well as several mayors who have spoken out in opposition to the idea.
4th October 2012
Paris: District mayor suggests equal marriage could lead to ‘incest’ 28
7:07 PM — A district mayor in Paris is under fire after announcing that he will refuse to conduct same-sex marriages after he said they could open the door to the approval of polygamous or incestuous unions.
26th September 2012
Hong Kong billionaire offers £40 million marriage bounty for lesbian daughter 23
12:37 PM — A businessman from Hong Kong has offered a $65m (£40.2m) dowry to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter.
22nd September 2012
Pope: Same-sex marriage threatens the future of human nature and society 113
1:43 PM — Addressing bishops in France, the Pope has defended the traditional definition of marriage, saying it must be “promoted and defended” from changes such as allowing gay couples to marry.