3rd July 2012
French gay couples to get marriage and adoption rights in 2013 27
8:45 PM — France's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told parliament today that gay couples will be permitted to marry and adopt children in 2013. Mr Ayrault was making a keynote speech setting out the socialist government's five-year political and social agenda.
Comment: Did C4M members help lay the groundwork for teaching same-sex marriage in schools? 17
5:22 PM — The argument that Coalition for Marriage backers themselves are responsible for teaching about gay marriages in schools seems absurd, Richy Thompson writes, but it might just be true.
2nd July 2012
Facebook updates marriage icons for gay couples 8
5:34 PM — Facebook has updated the icons used to signify key events on the profile timelines of users to include gay couples' weddings.
Edinburgh: Pride marchers demand marriage equality 16
2:33 PM — Over a thousand marchers took to the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday marching for gay marriage equality as part of Pride Scotia.
1st July 2012
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Gay marriage is the civil rights issue of this generation’ 15
6:41 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore, has told Dublin Pride that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples the same rights to marry as opposite sex couples.
30th June 2012
Scotland: New poll shows majority of population support same-sex marriage 37
1:01 PM — A major poll by Stonewall Scotland has revealed that the majority of the Scottish population support the introducing of equal same-sex marriage. A majority also believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face prejudice in society.
28th June 2012
Video: Policing minister Nick Herbert says difference between civil partnership and marriage ‘matters’ 20
1:21 PM — Nick Herbert, the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, has become the latest member of the government to join the Out4Marriage campaign to support efforts to legalise gay marriages.
27th June 2012
Scottish government to reveal marriage decision in two weeks 67
4:58 PM — The Scottish government has confirmed it will announce its decision on whether or not to legalise gay marriages on 10 July.
Archbishop of Canterbury ‘frustrated’ by Christian ‘disgust’ over equal marriage 100
11:30 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has spoken of 'frustration' at those Christians whose feelings of 'embarrassment, shame and disgust' over equal marriage rights for gay couples send out 'unwelcome' messages.
26th June 2012
Scotland could learn from California’s experience on equal marriage, state governor says 43
5:04 PM — The Governor of California has reportedly called on Scotland to lead on marriage equality legislation and to benefit from the experiences of California.
Church of England ‘threatens to obstruct democracy’ with equal marriage opposition 47
1:15 PM — A legal opinion commissioned by the National Secular Society says the Church of England's response to the government's public consultation on marriage equality 'confuses the issues'.
25th June 2012
Lord Tebbit: If gays can marry people of the opposite sex, there is no marriage inequality 110
5:21 PM — Former Conservative party chairman Lord Tebbit has said if gay people are able to marry members of the opposite sex there is no marriage inequality and has repeated his call to allow siblings to become civil partners.
Proposition 8 trial witness to stop opposing marriage for gay couples 22
4:10 PM — David Blankenhorn, founder the Institute for American Values and a witness at the trial of the ballot which led to California's gay marriage ban says he will no longer fight against marriage rights for gay couples.
Australia: Senate committee backs marriage equality in ‘watershed’ report 5
2:09 PM — A cross-party senate committee in Australia has published recommendations for a free vote on marriage equality legislation in the country's federal parliament and called on senators to support the move.
Bishop: Church’s equal marriage views may not reflect even a ‘sizeable minority’ of members 35
12:29 PM — Two bishops in the Church of England have spoken out publicly against the faith's public opposition to marriage equality for gay couples, with one describing a "sea change" in opinion within the Church.
Couple ‘bullied’ after posing for anti-gay marriage petition in wedding clothes 128
11:22 AM — A newly-wed couple who posed in formal wedding attire while delivering the Coalition for Marriage's petition to Downing Street have received hate mail following a PinkNews.co.uk story, the Telegraph reported this weekend.
22nd June 2012
Poll: Obama’s equal marriage support not moving divided public 5
5:33 PM — US President Barack Obama's recent declaration in favour of marriage equality for gay couples has not tipped public opinion towards or against the move or his handling of the issues, a recent poll shows.
Denmark: Newspaper editor refuses to write about gay marriage laws 34
12:14 PM — A Danish newspaper editor said he would refuse to include any news about the country's recently-implemented equal marriage laws.
21st June 2012
Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question 6
6:47 PM — Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples 22
2:58 PM — Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.