14th May 2013
Maria Miller rejects claim by Simon Hughes that equal marriage has been ‘fast tracked’ 44
6:35 PM — Maria Miller, the Minister for Equalities, has rejected a claim made by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats that same-sex marriage is being "fast tracked" through Parliament without the proper consultations.
Anti-equal marriage group: It is a ‘sad day’ for Minnesota and equal marriage will have ‘unintended consequences’ 15
6:29 PM — Despite celebrations gearing up for the legal recognition of equal marriage in the US state of Minnesota, some are commiserating as an anti-equal marriage campaign group have described it as a "sad day" for the state.
PinkNews nominated for top online news award 5
6:13 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has been nominated for the Online Media Awards 2013 in the Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism category.
Maria Miller: Surprising that England & Wales is behind so many countries on equal marriage 31
5:26 PM — Maria Miller, the Minister for Equalities, has told a joint committee of peers and MPs that it is surprising that England and Wales is behind the curve when it comes to same-sex marriage.
US: Minnesotan Governor to sign equal marriage bill into law 3
5:02 PM — Minnesota will officially become the twelfth US state to allow equal marriage, as Governor Mark Dayton will on Tuesday sign a bill into law, which will allow same-sex unions.
Tory MP David Burrowes: I only want a referendum on same-sex marriage so I can defeat the government’s bill 54
4:20 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has justified calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and says he would use it to defeat the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
France: Watchdog reports 27% spike in homophobia leading up to equal marriage debate 7
2:57 PM — A leading gay rights watchdog has reported that, in 2012 leading up to the French Parliament's approval of a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption, homophobic attacks and slurs increased by over a quarter.
13th May 2013
US: State of Minnesota legalises equal marriage as bill passes in Senate 25
10:19 PM — Minnesota is to become the twelfth US state to legalise equal marriage, as its Senate today voted in favour of a measure to make same-sex marriage legal.
Poll: Two thirds of Americans wrongly think a majority in the US oppose equal marriage 9
5:16 PM — A new poll has found that despite there being 53% of Americans who support legal recognition of equal marriage, two thirds of US citizens hold the perception that overall the US public is opposed to same-sex marriage.
Italy: Rome mayoral candidate pledges to introduce same-sex civil unions 8
4:20 PM — A candidate to become mayor of Rome on Monday promised that he would issue same-sex civil unions in the city, if he is elected.
US: Rainbow flags flown on Minnesota ‘Freedom to Marry Bridge’ ahead of Senate vote on equal marriage 4
4:02 PM — Rainbow flags are being flown in St Paul, Minnesota ahead of today's Senate vote on equal marriage, and the city's mayor has renamed a bridge Freedom to Marry Bridge, in support of the measure.
Cuba: Hundreds protest against homophobia in Havana 5
3:12 PM — Hundreds took to the streets of Cuban capital Havana, in favour of LGBT rights and against homophobia, at the weekend, led by gay rights campaigner Mariela Castro.
NBC’s gay sitcom The New Normal cancelled after just one season 22
2:05 PM — US television network NBC has announced that its new sitcom The New Normal, which features a gay couple and the surrogate mother of their child, has been cancelled after just one season, amidst falling ratings.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage’ 90
2:04 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says the government’s same-sex marriage bill will take the “sex out of marriage” and wonders whether a sister could marry a sister in order to avoid inheritance tax as part of the reform.
Nintendo to ‘fix’ bug which allowed male same-sex relationships in computer game 9
1:44 PM — Computer game giant Nintendo has addressed a "bug" in one of its popular titles, which allowed male same-sex couples to have relationships, get married and have children. Despite calls from users to keep the feature, Nintendo has issued a statement to say it will "fix" the issue.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
12th May 2013
UK: Anglican church in Burnley pledges to dedicate itself to LGBT inclusiveness 5
5:05 PM — A Church of England congregation in Burnley, Lancashire, in the North West of England, has pledged to work towards an inclusive mission to welcome all worshipers regardless of sexual orientation.
US: Minnesota Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent 9
3:13 PM — The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalise equal marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalise it.
Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill 58
2:21 PM — Christians are being encouraged to attend organised prayer meetings near the Houses of Parliament this month, in order to oppose the equal marriage bill, and to coincide with its third reading.
11th May 2013
US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over ‘heartbreaking’ same-sex marriage bill 74
9:03 AM — A Republican from Minnesota's House of Representatives was reported to be brought to tears by the progress of a bill that may see her state become the 12th in the US to legalise same-sex marriage.