25th January 2013
Maria Miller: Teachers won’t be forced to promote same-sex marriage but they must not discriminate or offend 22
9:35 AM — Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities has attempted to dampen fears that teachers could face action for telling children they oppose same-sex marriages.
24th January 2013
Rhode Island’s House of Representatives passes same-sex marriage bill 10
11:30 PM — Rhode Island's House of Representatives has this evening overwhelmingly passed a same-sex marriage equality bill. The final vote was 51 in favour and 19 against.
Politician: I want a tolerant Northern Ireland — but I’m against gay marriage and civil partnerships 53
7:13 PM — Democratic Unionist Party MLA Jonathan Bell says he wants Northern Ireland to be "a tolerant and inclusive society" but claims there are “no grounds to redefine marriage”.
Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons 86
11:37 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
US: Gay civil unions bill passes first vote in Colorado 9
1:57 AM — On Wednesday, a bill to legalise civil unions in the US state of Colorado passed its first vote, bring the state one step closer to allowing same-sex unions.
23rd January 2013
Comment: The boundaries of tolerance 20
7:03 PM — Don't be fooled by the victim narrative of religious lobby groups, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews. In a society of competing ideas, cultures and aspirations, individual liberty is sacrosanct.
US: Colorado could vote on civil unions this week 2
5:56 PM — Colorado lawmakers will soon vote on a measure to allow gay couples civil unions. The measure is expected to pass its first vote.
Scotland: SNP local chair quits over Scottish equal marriage proposals 28
3:41 PM — A Scottish National Party official has resigned after 22 years, and said that one of his reasons for doing so was Alex Salmond's plans to legalise equal marriage.
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal 19
11:37 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh wants to amend the Equality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of a person's definition of marriage, citing the case of a manager fired for saying he was against equal marriage on Facebook.
Tory MP Tim Loughton: Gay people have told me they ‘don’t want to get married’ 73
10:51 AM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has restated his opposition to equal marriage and has once again said: “marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
US: Rhode Island state house committee ‘resoundingly endorses’ equal marriage bill 6
2:50 AM — The US state of Rhode Island was one step closer to legalising equal marriage, after its House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill which would make it legal.
Taiwan: Gay couple withdraw lawsuit against the state for ban on equal marriage 2
2:13 AM — A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, have said they will withdraw their case tomorrow.
Israel: Anti-gay marriage Jewish Home party wins seats in general election 8
12:02 AM — The Jewish Home party (Habayit Hayehudi), is predicted to have won 12 seats, less than was originally expected, in the Israeli general election held on Tuesday. Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to stay on as prime minister of a right-wing coalition.
22nd January 2013
Long-standing Tory local chairman quits over equal marriage ‘attack on family values’ 17
5:39 PM — A long time local chairman for the Conservative party has resigned over the coalition government's efforts to legalise marriage equality, saying the Prime Minster had "lost touch" with his party and attacked "family values".
New Zealand: Conservative Party leader calls for referendum on equal marriage debate 12
5:12 PM — The leader of New Zealand's Conservative Party has said that the "international debate" around equal marriage was reason enough to slow down the progress of the country's equal marriage bill, which is currently being considered by a select committee.
Church of England criticised for Twitter joke about equal marriage and Katie Price 10
3:58 PM — The Church of England has received criticism after its official Twitter account tweeted a joke about Katie Price in response to a question about its opposition to equal marriage.
US: Obama’s inauguration speech attacked by anti-gay Christian group 20
3:13 PM — A Christian anti-gay group has attacked the speech made by US President Barack Obama at his inauguration, during which he referred to the gay rights movement and the women's rights movement, and went on to claim that gay people already have equal rights.
France: Karl Lagerfeld supports equal marriage with lesbian brides at couture show 1
1:25 PM — Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has used his lastest fashion show to support equal marriage amidst divides across France on the issue.
Video: Gay poet performs reading at official Obama inauguration ceremony 5
12:29 PM — An openly gay Cuban-American poet delivered a moving poem at the official public inauguration of President Barack Obama yesterday.