6th June 2012
Poll: 73 percent of young Americans support equal marriage rights for gay couples 73
6:02 PM — A poll released today has found 54 percent of Americans believe the marriages of gay couples should be legally recognised with 73 percent of those aged 18-34 in favour of such a move.
Californian appeals court will not rehear arguments for Proposition 8 17
1:04 PM — Arguments about the constitutionality of California's voter-approved ban on gay marriages will not be reheard after the motion failed to secure enough support among judges.
Ireland: Bid to overturn laws prohibiting gay marriages welcomed 29
12:12 PM — A new legal challenge has been launched in Ireland to test the country's legislation which currently prohibits gay marriages from taking place.
1st June 2012
French prime minister: Equal marriage and adoption laws to be introduced ‘quickly’ 30
2:02 PM — The French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told a French television station this morning a change in legislation to allow gay couples to marry and adopt children will be done 'quickly' and that a draft is 'ready'.
Typo blamed after Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says faiths ‘will be able to marry gays’ 16
1:10 PM — The office of Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has blamed a typographical error for messages he sent to constituents which appear to say religious institutions will be allowed to marry gay couples under government plans.
31st May 2012
Australia: New South Wales Parliament calls on federal government for equal marriage laws 11
2:26 PM — The Upper House of the Parliament in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has called on the federal government to allow gay couples to marry and to allow religious bodies to perform ceremonies if they choose.
Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales 18
1:24 PM — Two weeks remain until the government's consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples closes, prompting final calls for responses from gay and trans people as well as straight allies.
Policing minister Nick Herbert ‘rather fed up’ with being told civil partnerships are enough for gay couples 36
12:06 PM — The Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert has said he is 'forever grateful' to those who voted for civil partnership legislation but 'getting rather fed up' with being told gay couples should be satisfied with the system.
30th May 2012
Video: Oona King comes @Out4Marriage to redress ‘outrageous’ marriage inequality 8
6:31 PM — Labour politician Oona King has become the latest to film a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, saying her support is inspired by the fact that her parents' mixed-race marriage would have been illegal in some parts of the US at the time they wed.
Daily Mail criticises Nick Clegg’s ‘illiberal’ whipped vote on equal marriage 73
4:46 PM — The Daily Mail has published a leader article today criticising the deputy prime minister's intention to whip the party's MPs to vote for legislation removing the ban on gay marriages in England and Wales.
Illinois citizens to sue for equal marriage rights 9
2:30 PM — Illinois residents are to file lawsuits against the state, arguing that the ban on marriages for gay couples is unconstitutional.
29th May 2012
Video: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls calls for equal religious marriage in @Out4Marriage video 24
1:08 PM — The Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has joined the Out4Marriage campaign with a video message calling on the government to allow religious bodies to marry gay couples if they choose, inspired by his late, gay uncle.
Religious groups urge David Cameron to maintain equal marriage support 18
11:33 AM — Quakers in Britain, Unitarians and Liberal Judaism have written to the Prime Minister urging him to see through his commitment to change marriage laws to enable gay couples to marry and asking him to allow them to perform gay weddings.
28th May 2012
Video: Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham supports equality with @Out4Marriage film 14
6:23 PM — Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has become the latest politician and one of the most senior Catholic figures in British politics to record an Out4Marriage video.
Muslim Council of Britain: Civil partnerships were a ploy to attack marriage 147
5:50 PM — The Muslim Council of Britain has launched a website 'defending marriage' which describes civil partnerships as a 'ploy' designed to attack marriage.
Video: Musician Paloma Faith comes @Out4Marriage 4
4:20 PM — British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith has added her voice to the Out4Marriage campaign for equality in marriage between gay and straight couples.
Free equal marriage debate to take place in London tomorrow 24
3:33 PM — In the final weeks of the government's public consultation on how to implement marriage equality for gay and straight couples, a debate between humanists, Catholics, Jews and social commentators will take place in the capital.
Scottish parliamentary motion supports gay comic book wedding 13
2:47 PM — Ten members of the Scottish parliament have backed a motion in support of the two gay X-Men characters due to wed in their comic's next issue.
Tory MP who said equal access for gays would ‘mangle’ marriage raises consummation concerns 139
12:40 PM — A Catholic Tory MP has voiced concern over the government's plans to allow gay couples to marry, suggesting the law on consummation may be affected to the detriment of straight couples.
Video: ConservativeHome editor Tim Montgomerie comes @Out4Marriage 25
11:42 AM — The editor of the influential ConservativeHome blog has added his support to the Out4Marriage campaign, recording a video in favour of allow gay couples an equal right to marriage.