30th July 2012
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
Sarah Palin backs Chick-fil-A 51
11:11 AM — Former Republican Governor of Alaska and television personality Sarah Palin has showed her support for the Chick-Fil-A fast food chain following negative reaction to its stance on gay equality.
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
29th July 2012
Vietnam considers legal recognition for gay couples 22
9:10 PM — Vietnam's Communist government is considering whether to legalise marriage or civil registration for gay couples. The Justice Ministry is debating whether to include rights for gay couples in an overhaul of marriage laws. It has been suggested that these rights will focus on inheritance, property and adoption of children.
New York City council speaker Christine Quinn wants Chick-fil-A to leave 19
9:07 PM — New York City council speaker Christine Quinn has called on fast-food outlet Chick-fil-A to leave because of its anti-equality views. Ms Quinn, who is in a same-sex marriage, wrote to the president of New York University where Chick-fil-A has an outlet, urging him to break off his relationship with the chain.
27th July 2012
Video: Cotswolds councillors appeal for equal marriage debate 18
4:40 PM — Liberal Democrat local councillors in the Cotswolds have appealed over a lack of engagement at the local council with the issue of same-sex marriages.
Amazon founders give $2.5m to equal marriage in Washington 42
1:17 PM — The billionaire founders of e-commerce company Amazon have pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage rights for gay couples in the US state of Washington.
26th July 2012
Target releases a gay-friendly ad 15
11:33 PM — US retailer Target has been praised for advertising depicting a gay male couple on their wedding day. The ad, highlighting the company's wedding gift registry service, shows a male couple holding hands. The taglines say: "That's Love" and "Be Yourself. Together."
Equal marriage advocates collect messages for Scottish government ‘thank you’ 45
2:54 PM — Following yesterday's announcement by the Scottish government that it will legislate to recognise marriages between two people of the same sex, equality campaigners are planning a giant 'thank you' card.
25th July 2012
New Hampshire speaker wants another attempt to ban equal marriage 12
11:05 PM — New Hampshire's House speaker has said that he will launch a second attempt to ban equal marriage if he wins another term. Speaking on New Hampshire Public Radio's the Exchange, Bill O'Brien claimed that allowing gay couples to marry weakens families, which in turn causes the government to spend more money fixing social problems.
Anti-abortion activists say David Cameron will ‘pay’ for same-sex marriage policy 49
5:24 PM — Following Prime Minister David Cameron's speech reaffirming his commitment to allowing gay couples to marry, anti-abortion activists the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Spuc) says he will get punished at the general election for his pro-equality stance.
Scottish government reveals marriage consultation figures 35
3:41 PM — Following the announcement that it will bring forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry, the Scottish government has published figures from its public consultation last year.
Scotland: Catholic Church calls marriage an ‘unhelpful’ response to gay feelings 47
2:18 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has responded to news that the government will proceed with equal marriage legislation by saying marriage rights are not a 'helpful' response to gay feelings.
Exclusive: Out4Marriage says David Cameron personally backs gay religious marriages 31
1:18 PM — Following discussions with the prime minister at a Downing Street reception yesterday, the group Out4Marriage said David Cameron had given the strong impression that he personally supports giving churches and other religious institutions the right to hold gay wedding ceremonies if they chose to do so in England and Wales.
David Cameron’s speech to the Downing Street LGBT community reception 15
12:34 PM — A transcript of David Cameron's speech to the LGBT community at Number 10 Downing Street on 24 July 2012 in full.
Scottish government will bring forward equal marriage legislation 107
11:39 AM — Equal marriage advocates have welcomed the Scottish government's much-awaited announcement this morning that it will be bringing forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry and remove current barriers for trans people.
David Cameron warns Church of ‘repeating Tory mistakes’ with LGBT community 39
11:21 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron has "gently" warned the Church of England not to repeat mistakes he said his party had made by alienating gay people in its opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.
24th July 2012
Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine 6
10:26 PM — Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine. At a press conference yesterday, state representative Stacey Fitts explained how he changed his mind on the issue.
US: Hedge fund managers back marriage equality in four states 1
10:23 PM — Pro-Republican hedge fund managers are backing marriage equality efforts in four US states. Marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington have received financial support from hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and Cliff Asness, the founder of AQR Capital Management, the Financial Times reports.
Marriage equality boosts New York City economy by $259m 9
10:18 PM — One year of marriage equality in New York City has brought $259 million into the economy, it was announced today. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn said today that more than 8,000 gay couples had married since the law came into action - one tenth of all marriages in the city in the last year.