21st May 2013
MPs to debate humanist marriage ceremonies 13
11:00 AM — The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is to receive a third and final Commons reading later today, with MPs set to vote on an amendment concerning humanist marriage ceremonies.
16th May 2013
Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples 68
8:48 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says a future government plans to review civil partnerships from 2018 – which could mean possibly extending them to heterosexuals – or abolishing them.
15th May 2013
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".
Culture Secretary Maria Miller to allow military chaplains to opt out of providing same-sex marriages 18
11:12 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, says the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be amended to allow chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities and the armed forces, to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.
8th May 2013
Gay equality critic Nadine Dorries reinstated as Conservative MP 20
5:47 PM — Equal marriage critic Nadine Dorries has been reinstated as a Conservative MP, having been suspended by the party following her appearance on the TV reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
Gay Israeli MP Nitzan Horowitz to run for mayor of Tel Aviv
11:22 AM — Gay Israeli MP Nitzan Horowitz has formally announced his intention to run for mayor of Tel Aviv.
1st May 2013
Rhode Island: Same-sex marriage bill heading for final vote 12
10:41 AM — With a final vote on Thursday, Rhode Island is poised to become the tenth US state to allow same-sex couples to marry
24th April 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats banned from using Berlin Pride float due to equal marriage stance 41
5:58 PM — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats won’t be allowed their normal float at this year's gay pride festival in Berlin.
23rd April 2013
‘Vive la France!’ as campaigners celebrate equal marriage victory 40
5:56 PM — Campaigners are celebrating the news that France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira says the first weddings could be held as soon as June.
16th April 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday 50
12:33 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is set to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday at Lambeth Palace.
12th April 2013
French Senate backs same-sex marriage bill 22
1:14 PM — French lawmakers have approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
10th April 2013
Church in Wales to study gay relationships in order to ‘map out the way ahead’ 16
4:29 PM — The Archbishop of Wales has announced a new study of gay relationships at a meeting of the Church in Wales’ governing body.
5th April 2013
Son of Ronald Reagan: ‘I don’t believe in gay marriage’ 32
12:24 PM — Ronald Reagan's adopted son Michael has defended his recent remarks against equal marriage by saying it's "a slippery slope".
4th April 2013
France: Same-sex marriage bill reaches Senate 5
12:00 PM — The French Senate will debate the country’s proposed same-sex marriage bill today.
1st April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott rules out supporting equal marriage 6
1:20 PM — Australia’s opposition leader says he will continue to side against equal marriage - an issue which sees him at odds with parts of his family.
Senior Scottish Episcopal speaks in support of equal marriage and rebukes Lord Carey 26
11:53 AM — One of the most prominent figures in the Scottish Episcopal Church has criticised Lord Carey for attacking equal marriage.
27th March 2013
Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people 9
11:55 AM — A survey by YouGov shows British acceptance towards same-sex families continues to increase, although perceived tolerance among churches is far lower.
21st March 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell 28
11:34 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has agreed to meet with Peter Tatchell after the human rights campaigner urged him to support LGBT equality in an open letter.
20th March 2013
Puerto Rico Government signals support for gay adoption 1
3:36 PM — Puerto Rico's government is supporting an effort to overturn a ban on gay couples adopting children.
Reuters poll: 55% of Americans believe gay couples should have equal social security benefits
12:58 PM — Support for equal partnership entitlements for same-sex couples in the US continues to rise, according to a new poll by Reuters.